Jim Rogash

Red Sox manager search

With Bobby Valentine finally shown the door, the Red Sox must now begin their search for a replacement.

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Red Sox still pursuing Farrell

Despite several rebukes from the Toronto Blue Jays organization, the Boston Red Sox are still pursuing a compromise that will allow them to acquire their former pitching coach John Farrell as manager, reports Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe:

Farrell has long been speculated to be Boston's top choice to fill the managerial vacancy, but the Blue Jays have not budged from their stance that he is unavailable. Toronto even created an organization rule last season when the Red Sox pursued Farrell the first time that all coaches under contract are not allowed to interview for other positions.

Ben Cherington and the Red Sox brass are still hopeful that they can come to an agreement to get Farrell out of the final year of his contract with the Blue Jays by offering the team player compensation. Earlier reports speculated that compensation for Farrell would likely be a "decent player", but as the time wears on it is likely the price will get steeper.

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Red Sox to interview Brad Ausmus for manager

The former All-Star catcher is the second interview candidate announced, joining Tim Wallach.

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Red Sox to interview Tim Wallach

The Dodgers' third base coach will interview later this week.

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Is Farrell worth the steep cost?

The Red Sox may have to pay a steep cost -- likely a "decent player" -- if they want to pull pitching coach John Farrell away from the Blue Jays to manage in Boston next season, a source has told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald:

If the Red Sox [team stats] really want John Farrell to be their next manager, it’s going to cost them...

[A] major league source said yesterday that team president Paul Beeston would demand compensation for allowing Farrell out of the final year of his contract, especially to join an AL East rival.

While which players would fit the moniker "decent" in the eyes of the Blue Jays is not known, the asking price is not expected to be anything extraordinary.

Receiving a player for a manager who is under contract for with team is not without precedent. The Marlins traded two mid-level prospects to the White Sox last year for Ozzie Guillen's services, and the Tampa Bay Rays traded Randy Winn to the Mariners in 2002 in order to have Lou Pinella at the helm in St. Petersburg.

The Red Sox have yet to officially contact Farrell regarding their open manager position, but he is speculated to be the top candidate for the job. Farrell worked for four years in the Red Sox organization as their pitching coach before leaving to manage in Toronto.

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Lucchino: "We needed to hit the reset button."

Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington and team president Larry Lucchino discussed with the media Thursday afternoon their decision to fire first-year manager Bobby Valentine, reports Alex Speier of WEEI:

"Look at the final record and our place in the standings. That speaks for itself. Beyond that, we’re not going to get into this issue or that issue, this grievance or that grievance. We don’t necessarily feel that’s necessary or appropriate to do any of that. As Ben said, we pressed a reset button," said Lucchino.

"We’re not going to get into what he did right and what he did wrong. We’re not going to go into that dissection of the year. We felt change was a better way to go forward and lead us where we want to be as a franchise."

Cherington added that the disappointment of the 2012 season could not be placed entirely on Valentine's shoulders, but that there were a variety of contributing factors to the team's slide, of which Cherington included himself.

So far as beginning the search for a new manager, Cherington and Lucchino said they do not yet has a list of candidates to take over the position, but that their priorities for what they are looking for have changed.

"I’m not sure the list [of traits being sought] is any longer. It might be a little different, again, because the team is in a little different position," said Cherington. "We’ll start that work more in earnest now."

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