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“Free agency began at 8 a.m. Monday, with teams retaining exclusive negotiating rights until midnight Friday,” wrote Jeff Blair in a piece chalk full of goodies in this morning’s Globe and Mail. “Other teams are not precluded from talking to free agents during these five days, but only the players previous team can re-sign him during the period.”

In other words, the Jays need to get on their damn horse with this managerial search, in order to make sure they don’t have too many balls in the air as the most ridiculously crucial free agent period this team has faced in a long time gets set to begin. And, at least according to Blair, it’s not going to be an easy decision, explaining that “one veteran baseball man, who knows Anthopoulos and the Blue Jays, said last week that he believed Anthopoulos would lean toward hiring a candidate with a background in player development as well as coaching – much like Farrell – which could hint of Wakamatsu,” however, he also believes that “finding someone who has proven that he can manage a Major League team and has demonstrated tactical nous would seem to be an important consideration.”

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As expected, first base coach and outfield instructor Torey Lovullo will not remain with the Jays, joining John Farrell– who brought him to town with him two years ago, when Lovullo was the manager of the Pawtucket Red Sox– in Boston, according to an MLB.com report, and many others.

This, of course, takes his name out of the running to replace Farrell as the Jays’ manager– a vacancy that has somewhat suddenly vaulted its way to the top of the off-season to-do list for Alex Anthopoulos. But plenty of other names are being bandied about in various quarters. For example…

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