While there has been plenty of industry speculation that the Red Sox might make a run at a current manager of another big league team, a source familiar with the team's search for a successor to Terry Francona said that the Sox have no plans at this time to interview current managers of other teams. For now, at least, that would suggest that the Sox' pool of candidates does not include highly regarded skippers such as Blue Jays manager John Farrell (who was thought to be a potential successor to Francona before he accepted the job in Toronto last offseason) or Padres manager Bud Black (who was viewed as a top candidate entering the last Red Sox managerial search in 2003 before he declined to be interviewed).
The Red Sox have been limited to performing due diligence in their managerial search to this point, given the state of flux in the team's front office. Once Ben Cherington is introduced as the new Red Sox general manager on Tuesday, however, the Sox are expected to push ahead and start seeking formal permission to interview candidates for the job.
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