The Toronto Blue Jays were willing to let manager John Farrell talk to the Boston Red Sox about their managerial vacancy - for a hefty price.
According to the New York Times, Toronto asked for righthander Clay Buchholz in return if the Red Sox decided to hire Farrell, their former pitching coach.
Buchholz was limited to 14 starts last season due to a stress fracture in his back. He went 6-3 after winning 17 games the previous season.
Farrell was named manager of the Blue Jays last year. Boston is seeking a replacement for Terry Francona, who parted ways with the team after a disastrous September cost the Red Sox a playoff berth.
Current ESPN analyst Bobby Valentine and Gene Lamont are considered the finalists for Boston's job.