I’m just not sure I care enough either way whether John Farrell returns to manage the Blue Jays or not to bother making a new post about it every time the damn wind changes direction, but since it would be in absolutely nobody’s interest to let this damn thing linger, the feeling seems to be that if it happens, it’s gonna happen, it’s gonna happen soon, one way or the other. So I guess I might as well write about what’s out there.
Unfortunately, there isn’t any more clarity on the matter now than when we tackled it this afternoon, after Bobby Valentine’s firing became official.
For example, John Heyman wrote about the saga at CBS Sports, questioning why the Red Sox are so intent that Farrell is their man, and quoting a text message response from Alex Anthopoulos, who simply told him, “Everyone knows our policies.”
This fits nice with what Shi Davidi wrote at Sportsnet on Thursday evening, saying that “Only overwhelming the Toronto Blue Jays with a quality offer leads to John Farrell. Anything less than that equals a polite invitation to take a hike.”
And Sportsnet was laughably emphatic about it, putting a poll up at the end of Davidi’s piece, asking fans what they think Farrell is worth to Boston, with the only answers being: an All-Star, an everyday player, an elite prospect, a group of prospects, or keep him.
But a funny thing happened on the way to the Jays setting the price so high that the Red Sox couldn’t possibly do anything but balk, as USA Today’s Bob Nightengale has heard something entirely, entirely different:
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) October 5, 2012
Asked if Toronto’s return in the transaction would be significant, he replied “no, it will be small compensation.”
Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com has a source that indicates the Sox will ask for permission from the Jays to talk to their manager. In yet another piece on the matter, Edes writes that “By all indications, the Red Sox want him, he wants the Red Sox — and the Blue Jays want no part of allowing that to happen.”
And yesterday, Boston Herald intern Joon Lee caught Peter Gammons speaking on the reported fissure between Farrell and Alex Anthopoulos, presumably on the MLB Network, where he transcribes that the venerable writer confirmed Jen Royle’s rumour, and added that, as far as moving him goes, “I think they are going to be more willing than people think. I think there is a clear split between John and AA.”
Yes, this is really all happening a-fucking-gain. But the Jays are in the driver’s seat here– they won’t grant him permission to interview with Boston unless they’ve truly soured on him, or they’re getting something significant in return. So… whatever.