While the Boston Red Sox first choice to replace current manager Bobby Valentine is reportedly Blue Jays skipper John Farrell, Bob Nightengale of USA Today believes the club could also turn to Angels manager Mike Scioscia:
They already have their top choice to replace Valentine in John Farrell, according to a high-ranking official who requested anonymity because the Toronto Blue Jays manager is under contract. Farrell is beloved by the organization after serving as pitching coach from 2007 to 2010.
If they can't pry away Farrell, who'll be the focus of attention at Fenway Park today as the Blue Jays open a three-game series there, look for the Red Sox to turn to Mike Scioscia if he is fired by the Los Angeles Angels.
The Angels entered the season with lofty expectations after the expensive offseason signings of first baseman Albert Pujols and top-of-the-rotation starter C.J. Wilson. With the addition of right-hander Zack Greinke this summer, this pressure to win only increased.
Despite their talented roster, the Angels remain eight games back of the American League West-leading Texas Rangers and two and a half games out of the final AL Wild Card spot. If the Angels fail to make the postseason, there are some believe that the club could cut ties with Scioscia.