Jays GM: Boston is Farrell's 'dream job'

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Jays GM: Boston is Farrell's 'dream job'

Alex Anthopoulos, the senior vice-president of baseball operations and general manager of the Blue Jays, said the team had no intention of letting John Farrell out of the last year of his contract until Farrell told Anthopoulos soon after the season ended that managing the Red Sox was his "dream job" and that he wanted to pursue the opportunity.

A day or two later, according to Anthopoulos, Red Sox owner John Henry called Blue Jays owner Paul Beeston asking for permission to pursue Farrell, which set the wheels of Farrell's departure in motion.

"This is the one job for Farrell," Anthopoulos said Sunday afternoon on a conference call. "Theres no other city that was more of a perfect fit and a perfect opportunity."

He said the sudden, and unexpected, departure of Terry Francona after the 2011 season led to Farrell's return to Boston after only two seasons in Toronto.

"It was really in a lot of ways a perfect storm of events," he said.

Other highlights of the call:

The Jays' GM also complained of "gamesmanship" -- "Not on our side" -- that caused negotiations to "not go as smoothly as possible." But he also said he had no "issues with Red Sox general manger Ben Cherington, and Beeston doesn't have any issues with the Red Sox ownership group".

Anthopoulos said the compensation issue was negotiated "primarily on ownership level" and that several names were discussed before the teams settled on Mike Aviles. He also said rumors of Adam Lind being involved were "100 percent false."

Anthopoulos also said Farrell's coaches -- hitting instructor Dwayne Murphy, pitching coach Bruce Walton, first-base coach Torey Lovullo, third-base coach Brian Butterfield, bench coach Don Wakamatsu, bullpen coach Pete Walker and coach Luis Rivera -- are "free to explore other opportunities," raising the possibility that some of them may join Farrell in Boston. Lovullo worked in the Boston organization during Farrell's time as Sox pitching coach, and Rivera played for the Red Sox in the 1990s.

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball. 

 

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer.  And…

US ambassador to Japan?

Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.

The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons. 

When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team." 

Would he be interested?

"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.

Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. 

Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.