MLB Network and NESN analyst Peter Gammons, in his weekly appearance on The Big Show, said that Blue Jays officials are expected to inform the Red Sox on Friday night about whether they want to hire Boston bench coach DeMarlo Hale or pitching coach John Farrell to be their manager. Both Hale and Farrell are finalists, and a recent report suggested that another candidate -- Sandy Alomar Jr. of the Indians -- had been notified that he's no longer being considered.

 

The New York Mets announced that they had notified four of the candidates whom they had interviewed about their opening for the position of general manager that they were no longer under consideration. While both Sandy Alderson (currently working in the MLB Commissioner's office) and Josh Byrnes (formerly the Diamondbacks GM and Red Sox Assistant GM) will be brought back for second-round interviews.

Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell is poised to become the new manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, according to several reports. MLB Network analyst Peter Gammons Tweeted Thursday, "Three GMs today insisted John Farrell will get the Toronto job." However, the Blue Jays would not comment on the situation. Farrell, the Sox pitching coach since 2007, was reportedly among four finalists for the job, a group that also included Boston bench coach DeMarlo Hale.

Before he was dealt to the Yankees at the July 31 deadline for non-waiver trades, reliever Kerry Wood thought that he was going to be dealt from the Indians to the Red Sox. At the time, the Sox had a pressing bullpen need, and the proponderance of rumors suggested that Boston might seek to shore up its weakness with the 33-year-old right-hander.

 

Boston had been scouting Wood, and he expected that if he was to be dealt, it was likely to the Sox. And so, Wood was surprised to find out that he'd been traded to the Yankees just before the 4 p.m. deadline that day.

According to an industry source, Blue Jays’ third base coach Brian Butterfield is one of the four finalists for the Toronto managerial opening. Butterfield, 52, a native of Maine who still lives in the state, has also served as the Jays’ bench coach during his nine-season tenure with the Jays. He has managerial experience in the minor leagues in the Yankees’ organization.

 

Yankees reliever Kerry Wood thought he would land with the Red Sox at the trade deadline. (AP)As reliever Kerry Wood worked his way back towards the big leagues during a minor league rehab assignment in July, he realized that he was likely spending his final days in the Cleveland Indians organization. It was late-July, and Wood was frustrated to be on the disabled list for the 14th time in his career and second for a blister on his right index finger.



Red Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan (AP)Hitting coach Dave Magadan, in his fourth year with the Red Sox, oversaw an offense that -- though ravaged by injuries -- finished second in the American League with 818 runs and led the AL with a .790 OPS.



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Gerald Perry, who spent the 2010 season as the hitting coach for the Red Sox' Triple-A affiliate, was named the Oakland A's hitting coach on Wednesday. Perry has spent 10 years as a big league hitting coach, serving in that capacity for the Mariners from 2000-02, the Pirates from 2003-05, the A's in 2006 and the Cubs from 2007-09.

 

According to industry sources, both Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale and pitching coach John Farrell are among the three finalists in line for the Blue Jays' managerial position. According to a source, the other candidate is former major league catcher Sandy Alomar Jr., who has most recently served as the first-base coach for the Cleveland Indians. Farrell first talked to the Jays in the week immediately following the regular season, while Hale met with Toronto the following week. Hale has experience managing in the minor leagues, while neither Farrell or Alomar Jr.

Red Sox president Larry Lucchino told WEEI.com that the right field fence at Fenway Park may be moved in as much as six feet for the upcoming season.

 

The re-structuring, which is pending approval from the Massachusetts Preservation Society, among other city-centric organizations, would be necessitated because of the width of the bullpens. The distance across for bullpens recommended by Major League Baseball is 27 feet, with the Fenway bullpens standing at 21 feet.