Farrell preparing to make All-Star roster choices

Farrell preparing to make All-Star roster choices
July 1, 2014, 7:00 pm
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BOSTON -- As if John Farrell didn't already have enough decisions to make

Over the weekend, in his role as manager of the American League All-Star team, he'll make seven choices to fill out the team's roster.

Player voting and fan voting will end by Thursday night at midnight, and the final rosters for both teams are to be announced Sunday night at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

Farrell hasn't delved too deeply into who he'll choose just yet, but he's following which players should be in the running to be honored.

"The way I look at it, there's seven selections to be made," he said. "Until we have the fan vote, the player vote, then things will take shape certainly a lot more clearly.

"I think you've got an idea, or at least I begin to take an idea of where some of the depth and the real true competition among guys having great years are going to emerge. So you kind of pay a little closer attention to those areas before these rosters or the lists are voted on."

Farrell said he hopes a handful of Red Sox will be recognized by fans or players, in which case he wouldn't have to use one of his seven selections on someone from his regular-season roster.

According to Farrell, David Ortiz, Jon Lester, Koji Uehara, Dustin Pedroia and John Lackey are all deserving of consideration.

"I think we have a good representation of players that are going to be in the conversation," Farrell said.

Whether or not Farrell's faced with choosing a few of his own, he recognizes that part of his role as AL manager -- bestowed upon him since the Red Sox are reigning World Series champs -- is to round out a team that has the best chance to win.

"You've gotta put together a complete team," Farrell said. "The outcome of the game has a very strong meaning to what takes place in October. But you also want to recognize where performances have been worthy of it, and at the same time balance out [that] every team has to be represented."

Ortiz and Pedroia are are both in the top five vote-getters at their positions, according to MLB public relations. Ortiz is the No. 2 DH behind Baltimore's Nelson Cruz, while Pedroia is third in voting for second basemen behind Ian Kinsler and Robinson Cano.