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Source: Sox appear close to deal with Farrell

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Source: Sox appear close to deal with Farrell

There were indications on Saturday night that the Red Sox were moving closer to a deal that would make John Farrell their next manager, a baseball source said.

A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed that talks with the Toronto Blue Jays, Farrell's present employer, are ongoing. The Red Sox will need to satisfy the Blue Jays' demands for compensation for allowing Farrell to leave the organization with a year remaining on his current contract.

A source said the Sox are hopeful of having a manger in place prior to the start of the World Series, which begins Wednesday in either St. Louis or San Fransisco. The source would not confirm progress toward landing Farrell, but it has been obvious the last few days that the Sox are focused on their former pitching coach who worked for them from 2007-2010.

The Red Sox have already interviewed four other candidates for the vacancy - Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach; San Diego Padres special assistant Brad Ausmus; New York Yankees bench coach Tony Pena; and Baltimore Orioles third base coach DeMarlo Hale.

The Sox were said to be impressed with all four candidates, but none of the four met with ownership while in Boston for their first-round interviews, and given the time table of wanting a manager in place by Tuesday, it's impossible to believe that any of the four interviewed candidates is the primary target.

Coming to an agreement on compensation figures to be the biggest challenge of the process for the Red Sox. One source Saturday said it was expected that the team would have to surrender either a player off its 25-man roster or a significant prospect from its minor league system. A year ago, when the Red Sox first approached Toronto about Farrell's availability, the Blue Jays asked for pitcher Clay Buchholz, ending talks immediately. Boston then hired Bobby Valentine, only to fire him the day after the 2012 season ended.

It's unknown whether the parameters of a deal with Farrell and the Sox are in place but throughout the process,Farrell has done nothing to discourage his interest or eliminate himself from being considered for the position.

BASEBALL SHOW PODCAST: What are biggest concerns about Red Sox?

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BASEBALL SHOW PODCAST: What are biggest concerns about Red Sox?

1:00 - Shaughnesy, Drellich and Merloni give their leading off impressions regarding the Red Sox

4:00 - Dan Shaughnessy explains why he is still skeptical about the Red Sox team, and why he will not be able to feel confident until he sees them play in the postseason

9:00 - Does our Baseball Show crew have a problem with the Red Sox letting Chris Sale pitch the 8th inning so he could get his 300th strikeout?

15:00 - Jared Carrabis joins the Baseball Show crew to discuss what matches he likes for the Red Sox in the playoffs. 

17:00 - Jared Carrabis on how would the Red Sox match up against the Yankees in the playoffs

20:00 - How does Jared Carrabis think about the use of David Price as a relief pitcher?

Red Sox beat Reds 5-4, reduce A.L. East magic number to three

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Red Sox beat Reds 5-4, reduce A.L. East magic number to three

CINCINNATI - Mookie Betts doubled with the bases loaded to tie it in the eighth inning and dashed home from second base on an infield single, rallying the Boston Red Sox to a 5-4 victory Sunday over the Cincinnati Reds that moved them closer to the AL East title.

By winning 14 of its last 17 games, Boston has left virtually no opening for the second-place New York Yankees to catch up. The Red Sox, already assured a playoff spot, completed an 8-1 road trip that put them in excellent position to win a second consecutive division crown for the first time in franchise history.

Coupled with New York's 9-5 loss in Toronto, the Red Sox reduced their magic number to three. They lead the Yankees by five games with seven to play.

That means Fenway Park can start preparing for a potential celebration. Boston finishes the regular season at home with three games against Toronto and four vs. Houston.

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