Re: Manager John Farrell hired by/traded to Boston
Originally Posted by Phhhl
Why is this guy such a hot commodity? I am not trying to be glib. I just don't know why I keep hearing his name. It is not like the Jays have been especially successful recently. Is there a backstory?
He was the Red Sox pitching coach from 2006-2010. He seemed to be the obvious choice as Francona's successor, but before 2011 it didn't seem like Francona was going anywhere anytime soon so Farrell interviewed for and landed the Toronto job. Of course, Boston then fires Francona after the 2011 season and wanted the now departed Farrell, but Toronto said it would not allow any 'lateral moves' from it's employees.
Basically, it was inevitable.
"Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."