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


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.

Betts and Bradley Jr. combine for seven RBI, Red Sox roll to 9-2 win


Betts and Bradley Jr. combine for seven RBI, Red Sox roll to 9-2 win

The Boston Red Sox put up six runs in the first inning and coasted to a 9-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.

Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. led the way for the Red Sox with four and three RBI respectfully. Both outfielders had two-run home runs in the Sox’ big first inning.

Knuckleballer Steven Wright gave up one earned run in four innings, his ERA for the spring is now 0.68.

The Red Sox are back in action again on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m when Rick Porcello makes his final spring training start against the Minnesota Twins.

Hernandez has chance at Red Sox opening day roster after Rutledge injury

Hernandez has chance at Red Sox opening day roster after Rutledge injury

Infielder Marco Hernandez may make the Red Sox roster after all.

Fellow infielder Josh Rutledge, the presumptive 25th man on the Red Sox, suffered a left hamstring strain on Tuesday against the Pirates, according to reporters in Florida, including Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald.

If Rutledge isn’t ready for opening day, Hernandez, a left-handed hitter, may have his crack. 

The question is whether the Sox would be comfortable without a right-handed bat to complement both Pablo Sandoval and Mitch Moreland on the corners. Rutledge was going to give the Sox that right-handed look they sought. (When Hanley Ramirez's shoulder will be healthy enough to play first base is unclear, but isn't expected to be too long.)

Neither Rutledge nor Hernandez has played first base in the majors or minors.

A big-league rookie last year, Hernandez has done decently against lefties at the upper levels of the minors, hitting .328 vs. them at Triple-A Pawtucket last season in 67 at-bats. He hit .315 in 54 at-bats at Pawtucket, with a .318 average against them that season in 88 at-bats for Double-A Portland.

Rutledge is a Rule 5 draft pick who has to remain on the major league 25-man roster the whole season or the Sox risk losing him. Placement on the disabled list doesn’t affect his status unless he’s on the disabled list for a very lengthy time.

An alternative option is Steve Selsky, who has first-base experience, but he's already been optioned.