Red Sox begin search for Farrell's replacement


Red Sox begin search for Farrell's replacement

By Sean McAdam

The departure of former pitching coach John Farrell has left a considerable void in the Red Sox coaching staff.

Farrell, who was named manager of the Toronto Blue Jays Monday afternoon, spent the last four seasons with the Red Sox and his influence and impact on the staff was sizeable.

When Farrell was offered the job Friday, the Red Sox began sifting through a list of candidates to replace him. The team has said there will be some internal candidates. Mike Cather is almost certain to be one.

He served as Double A Portland's pitching coach before becoming one-half of the organization major league advance scouting duo this past year.

Another internal candidate is likely to be Ralph Treuel, the team's highly respected minor-league pitching coordinator, who served briefly as the Red Sox pitching coach in September of 2001 when Joe Kerrigan replaced Jimy Williams as manager.

It's more likely, however, that the Red Sox go outside the organization to replace Farrell, himself an outside hire from Cleveland when he was hired after the 2006 seasons.

One of the most interesting candidates is Curt Young, who rejected a one-year deal to return as Oakland A's pitching coach over the weekend, citing a desire to "pursue another opportunity."

Young lives in Scottsdale, Az., and was thought to be a candidate to replace Mel Stottlemyre Jr. as pitching coach of the Arizona Diamondbacks. But the Diamondbacks, according to a National League source, appeared to be close to hiring former Cleveland Indians pitcher Charles Nagy for the position Monday. Nagy had worked in the Indians' minor league system.

Young spent seven seasons with the A's, joining the staff the season after Red Sox manager Terry Francona left his position as Oakland bench coach to come to Boston. Young is credited with helping a number of successful young A's pitchers mature at the big-league level, including Brett Anderson, Trevor Cahill and Andrew Bailey.

The A's finished with the best ERA in the American League in 2010.

The Sox had had some internal discussions about approaching Dave Duncan, perhaps the most highly-regarded coach in the game, who, until Monday, was without a contract for 2011. But after Tony LaRussa agreed to return as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals last week, it seemed a foregone conclusion that Duncan would rejoin the Cards' staff, a fact comfirmed Monday when Duncan got a two-year deal in St. Louis -- a year longer than La Russa.

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Pomeranz gives up three runs in Red Sox loss to Blue Jays

Pomeranz gives up three runs in Red Sox loss to Blue Jays

Starter Drew Pomeranz gives up three runs on five hits in four innings of work in the Red Sox' 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays on Friday.

Lou Merloni breaks down Pomeranz's start and explains why he should be in the starting rotation to begin the season.

Sox' lack of homegrown starters an understandable problem to Yanks' Cashman

Sox' lack of homegrown starters an understandable problem to Yanks' Cashman

The dearth of homegrown starting pitching for the Red Sox is talked about almost as much as every Tom Brady post on Instagram.

Red Sox fans may take some solace in knowing their team isn’t the only one dealing with this problem.

In an interview with's Mark Feinsand, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman didn’t talk about his team’s pitching problems in context of the Red Sox. But the explanation the longtime Yanks boss offered should sound familiar. 

In the biggest of markets, time to develop properly is scarce.

“Yeah. It's a fact,” Cashman said when asked if criticism of their pitching development was fair. “I think part of the process has been certainly where we draft. Because we've had a lot of success, we've not been allowed to tank and go off the board and therefore get access to some of the high-end stuff that plays out to be impactful. Part of it is we can't get out of our own way because we don't have the patience to let guys finish off their development, because if you possess some unique ability that stands out above everybody else -- whether it was Joba Chamberlain, Ian Kennedy, now [Luis] Severino and before that [Bryan] Mitchell and Shane Greene -- we're pulling them up before their development is finished.

“Teams like Tampa Bay, for instance, they're going to wait until they have their four pitches down and their innings limits are all exceeded at the minor-league level; they're very disciplined in that approach as they finish off their starters. For us, if I'm looking at my owner and he says, ‘What's our best team we can take north?’ 

“Well, ‘We could take this guy; he's not necessarily 100 percent finished off, but we can stick him in our 'pen. He can be in the back end of our rotation, because he's better than some of the guys we already have,’ and then you cut corners, so I think that probably plays a role in it.”

Not everything is circumstantial, though -- or a deflection. 

“And sometimes we don't make the right decisions, either, when we're making draft selections and signings and stuff like that,” Cashman continued. “On top of it all, playing in New York is a lot different than playing anywhere else.”

We’ve heard that last part about Boston too, here and there.

Cashman was complimentary of his current Sox counterpart, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, whose team Cashman has compared to the Golden State Warriors.

On his feelings when he first heard the Sox were getting Chris Sale:

“When that trade was consummated, that was the first thing I thought about, which was, 'Wow, look at what they've done,' ” Cashman said. “I know how it's going to play out for them. Listen, Steve Kerr does a great job managing that team -- oh, I mean John Farrell. It's a lot of talent and with talent comes pressure to perform. I think Dave Dombrowski has done everything he possibly can to provide that city with a world championship team. They've got 162 games to show it.”