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Red Sox begin extension talks with manager John Farrell


Red Sox manager John Farrell could be getting a new contract this spring. Sean McAdam of CSN New England has the report …

Farrell is entering the final guaranteed year of the three-year deal he signed in November of 2012, and, according to an industry source, preliminary talks have already begun.

That contract includes a team option for 2016, so Farrell isn’t truly at the end of his deal. But the club evidently doesn’t want Farrell entering the 2015 season being viewed as a sort of lame-duck manager.

Boston stumbled to a last-place finish in the American League East last season with a record of 71-91, but Farrell guided the club to a World Series title in 2013 — his first year at the helm — and there’s hope for a return to prominence this season following an active winter of trades and free agent signings. Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval, Rick Porcello, and Wade Miley are among the new faces in Red Sox camp this spring.

McAdam heard from an industry source that the Red Sox front office wants to “add length and security” to Farrell’s current contract, so this will likely go beyond merely exercising the skipper’s option for 2016.

BREAKING: Shane Victorino is apparently texting pictures of his abs to John Farrell

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Injuries limited Shane Victorino to just 30 games last season and he’s currently rehabbing from back surgery. The Red Sox have a bunch of options for their outfield with the newly-signed Hanley Ramirez to go along with Rusney Castillo and Mookie Betts and even Allen Craig and Daniel Nava, but Victorino is trying to make sure that he’s not a forgotten man going into 2015. Like, really trying…

Just a little bit weird, but I love it just the same. I really hope he’s writing messages along with the pictures: “Sorry for being ABSent from the lineup so much last season. I will ABSolutely be ready for spring training.”

John Farrell leaning towards batting Hanley Ramirez fourth

Hanley Ramirez

In a radio interview with WEEI on Friday, Red Sox manager John Farrell said he is leaning towards batting Hanley Ramriez fourth in the lineup, per’s Ian Browne. The middle of the order is likely to see David Ortiz third, Ramirez fourth, Pablo Sandoval fifth, and Mike Napoli sixth.

With the off-season additions of Ramirez and Sandoval, plus Rusney Castillo and Christian Vazquez playing everyday, the Red Sox lineup will look quite different than it did in 2014. The Red Sox averaged 3.91 runs per game this past season, below the American League average of 4.18, so they’ll be looking to make some big strides in that area.