Boston will not have a decision to make with regard to its 2016 manager if John Farrell is healthy this offseason. Farrell has been battling stage one lymphoma, and according to Comcast Sportsnet's Sean McAdam, Farrell will manage the team next season as long as he is physically able to do so.
McAdams adds Farrell's final chemotherapy treatments are this week and conclude on Thursday. At the end of October, he will reportedly have a scan to determine if the cancer is entirely gone. If it is, McAdams notes the Red Sox are immediately expected to announce Farrell will return next season.
Farrell announced he was taking a leave of absence in the middle of August as a result of the diagnosis. Torey Lovullo took over as interim manager, and since he replaced Farrell, the Red Sox have gone 28-16. Under Farrell, Boston was 50-64, causing some to question whether Farrell should be so quick to return.
To this point, the organization has yet to comment its managerial situation heading into the offseason.
Last February, the Red Sox signed Farrell to a two-year extension that runs through the 2017 season. He won a World Series as Boston's manager in 2013 but watched the club finish in the last place in the American League East last season. Boston was in last place when Lovullo took over but has played notably well since.
According to McAdams, Farrell has been told his job is secure and newly appointed President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski has internally said Farrell's job will be waiting for him as soon as he gets healthy.
While Farrell will have an opportunity to manage the Red Sox next season, Lovullo might now have a chance to become a major league manager since the club has played so well under his leadership. He has spent over two seasons as a bench coach and has thrived since Farrell announced he was taking a leave.
Dombrowski and his staff are in a tough position since there is a notable amount of uncertainty involved. He might not be able to allow Lovullo to interview elsewhere since there remains a chance Farrell is unable to return next season.
Farrell has a job waiting for him, but if he is not healthy enough to take it, Lovullo will likely remain the manager in 2016.