What's buzzing:

The Eh Game

John Farrell is focused on the Blue Jays, not Red Sox rumors

Dustin Pollack
Eh Game

View photo


John Farrell still has another year on his contract with the Blue Jays (Reuters)

John Farrell has been down this road before. About a year ago, after Terry Francona managed the Boston Red Sox to a disastrous season-ending collapse and was fired, speculation of possible replacements began. Farrell's name was pegged near the top of the list.

He spent four years working under Francona between 2006-2010 as Boston's pitching coach, but in the 2010 off-season he had signed a three-year deal to manage the Toronto Blue Jays.

And though rumours still surfaced of Farrell's potential return to Boston, the Jays front office actually amended its team policy to prevent lateral moves, thus crushing any further speculation.

But with Toronto in Boston this weekend and Bobby Valentine already having been dismissed in the minds of many in the media, the Farrell to Boston story has been brought back to life.

Friday afternoon, with the media -- a much larger crowd than he's used to in Toronto -- gathered around him, Farrell addressed the "return to the Red Sox" storyline and spoke of his commitment to the Jays.

"I don't look at other situations because my focus is here. We've got a lot of challenges ourselves with getting guys back on the field. So I can tell you this. Knowing what the Red Sox have gone through, the amount of players that they've lost to injury, I can empathize with Bobby.

"As I said last week in Toronto, I'm the manager of the Blue Jays. I can understand the natural connection because I've worked here in the past, but my focus is clearly with the Blue Jays."

With another year left on his deal with the Jays and the Boston media calling for him, Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star calls it a no-lose situation for Farrell.

"He does not need an extension to be happy. He has no real ties to Boston, but the city and the media like him. The Jays could decide that they would rather negotiate a trade with Boston, at least find out what they could get for their manager and go from there. Farrell's not the best manager the Jays have had and he's not the worst. In either case, nothing will be done as long as Valentine is in the other dugout. And for once, Farrell's "no-comment" will be seen as the right thing to say as Red Sox Nation waits for the axe to fall on what will be a Valentine day massacre."

Where Farrell's future lies after his contract expires following the 2013 season remains a question. Alex Anthopoulos has refused to comment on whether or not an extension for the 50-year-old skipper has been discussed. Also, it's hard to assume whether or not the Jays would have interest in extending him beyond 2013 based on the results of his first two years in Toronto.

Perhaps how he leads a healthy lineup into the 2013 season following a year derailed by injuries will prove to be the deciding factor in determining Farrell's future with the Blue Jays, or elsewhere.

View Comments (3)
  • Ohio State football player showed no signs of a brain disease - coroner

    An Ohio State football player who committed suicide last year did not show signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease sometimes found in athletes with repetitive brain trauma, a coroner's report said on Friday. Kosta … More »

    Reuters - 4 minutes 34 seconds ago
  • McIlroy in likely hot water after club toss

    McIlroy in likely hot water after club toss

    (Reuters) - World number one Rory McIlroy earned himself a likely fine by the PGA Tour after losing his cool and hurling a club into a water hazard during the second round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Friday. At that point, he was level par … More »

    Reuters - 4 minutes 53 seconds ago
  • Column: After damning NCAA report, time for Boeheim to go

    Column: After damning NCAA report, time for Boeheim to go

    For the better part of a decade, Jim Boeheim oversaw a college basketball program that broke all sorts of rules - from not following its own drug-testing policy to doing whatever it could to maintain the eligibility of academically deficient players … More »

    AP - Sports - 5 minutes ago
  • Ward subdues marathon man Isner to give Britain 2-0 lead

    Ward subdues marathon man Isner to give Britain 2-0 lead

    (Reuters) - James Ward defied the odds to beat American marathon man John Isner 6-7(4) 5-7 6-3 7-6(3) 15-13 as Britain took a shock 2-0 lead in their Davis Cup first round tie against the United States in Glasgow on Friday. After Andy Murray beat … More »

    Reuters - 5 minutes ago
  • Ward tops Isner in 5 sets, Britain leads US 2-0 in Davis Cup

    Ward tops Isner in 5 sets, Britain leads US 2-0 in Davis Cup

    James Ward came from two sets down to beat John Isner in a Davis Cup match that lasted almost five hours on Friday, giving Britain a 2-0 lead over the United States in the first round. The 111th-ranked Ward produced a big upset, clinching a 6-7 … More »

    AP - Sports - 7 minutes ago