Blue Jays manager John Farrell, in an interview on MLB Network Radio, said that he was unaware if there had been any contact from the Red Sox to the Jays. At a time when Farrell is viewed widely as the first choice of the Red Sox to fill their managerial vacancy, the Toronto manager -- who has one year left on the three-year contract he signed to become the Jays manager after the 2010 season, following a four-year stint as Red Sox pitching coach -- he also described himself as both "challenged" and "happy" in his current job.
“Well, I'm the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays. That's where I've been the last two years. That's where I currently am," said Farrell. "This speculation started to rear its head again, oh, probably the final two months of the season. I can tell you this -- in my conversations with Alex [Anthopoulos] it hasn't distracted me from my job and what the commitment there is. I'm extremely challenged, happy as manager of the Blue Jays. You know, but it's obvious that there's a vacancy to fill there and they're going about their interview process as it is with a couple of guys coming in there today and tomorrow, I guess. Nothing has been communicated directly to me. As far as if the Red Sox have contacted Alex, I'm unaware of that. So where it stands is what I said -- manager of the Blue Jays.”
The Red Sox are interviewing Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach about their managerial vacancy -- created with the firing of Bobby Valentine after the season -- on Friday, with Padres special assistant Brad Ausmus slated to interview next week.
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