Come on. Did you really think that today’s bout of Farrellmania would end with Boston Globe writer Nick Cafardo’s oddly vague tweet last night?
There’s pageviews to be had! And damn it if everybody else in Beantown isn’t going to make sure they get in on the act.
This morning we have Alex Speier of WEEI.com, saying that he has an “industry source” that confirms Cafardo’s initial report, that “the Red Sox and Blue Jays have begun preliminary discussions about potential compensation for Toronto manager John Farrell.”
Of course, “preliminary discussions” could mean a lot of things. It could simply be that the Jays are listening to what Boston might offer in exchange for their manager, which they entirely owe it to themselves and to the franchise to do. The Sox may– and sure as shit appear to– be too desperate to make this happen for the Jays to do anything but let their man go and extract the highest price possible for him, and how else are they going to find out if Boston has reached that point unless they feel out what kinds of compensation is going to be available?
Simple enough. Yet believing that means we have to believe the Jays even want Farrell to continue on as their manager, or that he is as open to winding up in either place as he’s publicly suggested.
Not so, shits out Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe, who tosses a bunch of new alleged information into the mix, explaining that “the Farrell situation in Toronto is bad. He has made it clear to his bosses that he wants to come to Boston. He is not getting a contract extension from Toronto. He is getting crushed by media in both Toronto and Boston as a guy who has never won anything. And now he might end up staying in Toronto as a lame-duck, one-year guy who has already cut ties with his bosses. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Jays are already looking for their next manager.”
What? You mean you can search for a manager without parading around candidates in some kind of lame, patronizing dog and pony show?
Shaughnessy is right on a number of points in his piece, however, as he lambastes Sox management, who “seem to be applauding themselves because they are ahead of last year’s ridiculous schedule, when Bobby Valentine was introduced in December.”
“It’s a disservice to everybody to conduct these interviews without resolving the Farrell situation,” he says. And the thing is, it’s “really not that complicated. If Farrell is the guy, get him now. If you can’t get him, announce that he is not your guy or let the Blue Jays announce that they are holding him to his contract. THEN go back to the search of worthy candidates.”
It’s certainly odd that it’s taking so damn long. In yet another piece, Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports that “according to an industry source with knowledge of the team’s search, Sox majority owner John W. Henry reached out last Friday to Blue Jays CEO Paul Beeston, although no officials from either club, including Henry, would confirm that conversations have taken place. A baseball source said that Farrell, who is entering the final season of a three-year deal with the Blue Jays, has not been told by the Jays that there have been discussions with the Sox.”
In his latest for ESPN.com (Insider Olney), Buster Olney writes that “if the Blue Jays are actually willing to talk about trading John Farrell to Boston, it’s a clear sign they don’t view him as their manager of the future, and they should make sure they finish a deal with the Red Sox, rather than trying to haggle too much.”
Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald agrees, explaining “that we haven’t heard a peep from either team suggests the Jays at least are willing to discuss letting Farrell leave with a year left on his contract. If they were dead-set on keeping him, news would have leaked out that the Sox’ efforts are futile and Farrell is staying.”
I’m not sure I entirely buy that– could the Jays not, y’know, simply have a well-calculated view of the value of a manager, and see a tremendous opportunity to increase their own assets here, thanks to the very tricky, public spot the Sox front office have placed themselves and their brand in?
And, shit, if they don’t like what they hear from Boston, Olney suggests the Jays could turn around and just be complete and total fucking dickheads about the whole thing, as he notes “one situation that would be awful: If the Red Sox hired another candidate, such as Ausmus, and then the Blue Jays fired Farrell then, to ensure he didn’t wind up in Boston.”
Awful, Buster? Uh… I think you mean deliciously fucking hilarious.