The Boston Red Sox finally got their man. They were able to hire John Farrell as their new manager after giving the Toronto Blue Jays compensation so they would let him out of his deal a year early. A manager cannot make a lateral move and exit his contract without compensation so, in order to get Farrell, the Red Sox agreed to trade Mike Aviles to the Blue Jays.
Really? Aviles for Farrell? Should the Red Sox be concerned that the Blue Jays let Farrell go that easily?
It is no secret that Boston wanted Farrell. They wanted him last season before they hired Bobby valentine, but the Blue Jays weren’t ready to let him go. But after is was made clear that Farrell was not going to be part of their long term plans after next season, they opted not to go with a lame duck manager and chose to focus on the future now.
But even though Farrell obviously wasn’t long for Toronto, should anyone in Boston be at least slightly concerned that they let him go for a career .277 hitter with 39 home runs? And a player who plays the same position as Yunel Escobar?
That is, unless Escobar is next in line to be dealt.
Still, if the Red Sox wanted Farrell so badly, and the Blue Jays were well aware of that, why would they have not asked for more in return? Boston wanted to make this happen quickly, and they probably would have been willing to part with more. Toronto had Farrell under contract. They had the leverage. They were in the driver’s seat and could have kept Farrell up north for one more season.
But they let him go for a player who has never appeared in more than 136 games and who last hit greater than .255 in a full season with one team since his rookie year in 2008 with the Kansas City Royals. He will not make the Blue Jays better, yet they let their manager go to a divisional rival who desperately wanted to make this move.
Either they know something about Farrell as a manager that the rest of the league – including the Red Sox – do not, or the Blue Jays just got fleeced into making yet another poor decision.
We should find out as the 2013 MLB season begins and the A.L. East standings shake out by the All-Star break.
Regardless, someone just made a big mistake.
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