Blue Jays president Paul Beeston and general manager Alex Anthopolous issued a joint statement Tuesday declaring the Jays have altered its policy regarding employees moving to another organization if it is considered a lateral move. The change would seem to be in response to the rumors regarding Toronto manager John Farrell potentially talking to the Red Sox about their vacant managerial opening.
"Due to the distraction caused by media speculation regarding our employee permission policy, the Toronto Blue Jays have amended their policy and will not grant permission for lateral moves," the statement read.
Previously, Anthopolous had suggested that the Blue Jays would not stand in the way of any of their employees talking to another organization, regardless of the title.
"Selfishly, I don't want any of our guys to leave," the GM told Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca, "but at the same time I hope all of our employees have opportunities to better themselves, whether it's responsibilities, financial, whatever it might be."
WEEI.com reported Sunday that the Red Sox were not presently planning on interviewing any candidates currently managing in Major League Baseball. Speculation regarding the Sox' interest in Farrell continued to grow, however, due to the 49-year-old's history with the organization.
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