Red Sox' Farrell may be on short list for Toronto managerial job

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Red Sox' Farrell may be on short list for Toronto managerial job

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- Having finished out of the playoffs for the first time since 2006, changes on the roster are not only inevitable but warranted for the Red Sox.

But players aren't the only area in which changes are expected. The team's coaching staff could also undergo turnover as as many as three of its current members -- pitching coach John Farrell, bench coach DeMarlo Hale and third-base coach Tim Bogar -- might draw interest for vacant managerial openings.

Farrell could well be a top target for several jobs. Industry sources indicate Farrell could be on a short list of candidates to succeed Cito Gaston as manager of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Additionally, the Seattle Mariners, who asked for permission to interview for their opening two winters ago, may again approach Farrell now that they have again in the market.

Farrell has been the Red Sox' pitching coach since 2007 and was approached by the Pittsburgh Pirates after 2007 and the Mariners following 2008. Both times, he declined to interview for the positions.

But such was the level of interest in Farrell that the Sox, fearful of losing the highly-respect Farrell, ripped up Farrell's original deal after the 2008 season to make him one of the highest-paid pitching coaches in the game.

As a condition to the deal, the Sox included a clause which prohibited Farrell from discussing jobs with other teams.

However, that clause expires with the conclusion of this season, freeing Farrell to listen to outside offers. And now that Farrell is allowed to listen to offers, the timing may be right for him take a job which interests him.

"The window doesn't stay open forever,'' said a baseball source of the interest in Farrell. "Now may be the time.''

First, though, Farrell may have to overcome some institutional prejudices about pitching coaches who traditionally have not fared well as managers. San Diego's Bud Black, whose upstart team led the National League West for much of the season before slipping in September and falling just shy of a postseason berth, may help change that perception.

Toronto would seem a logical destination, since the Jays boast a young, talented starting rotation which could benefit from Farrell's expertise. As an added bonus, Farrell has intimate knowledge of the A.L. East, having coached in the division the last four seasons.

Hale, who interviewed with Seattle after 2008, is expected to attract interest from the Milwaukee Brewers, who Monday announced they would not renew Ken Macha's contract.

Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin knows Hale from their time together in the Texas organizaion.

Hale managed Texas's Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City in 2000 and '01 and Melvin later added him to the major league coaching staff, where he worked as the first base coach from 2002-05.

After four years as the Red Sox' third-base coach, Hale was promoted to bench coach after Brad Mills, who had held the position since Terry Francona became manager in 2004 left to become manager of the Houston Astros.

Bogar, who has managed at the minor-league level, has spent two seasons on the Red Sox coaching staff -- in 2009 as the first-base coach and this past season as the third-base coach.

Last offseason Bogar was interviewed by the Houston Astros, for whom he played and managed in the minor leagues, but lost out to Mills.

Bogar was overly aggressive at times at third, resulting in baserunners being thrown out at the plate. If Hale were to leave for Milwaukee or another mangerial post and Bogar remained, it's easy to imagine him being shifted to bench coach, replacing Hale in that role.

Sean McAdam can be reached at smcadam@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam.

Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Ivan Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame

Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Ivan Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame

NEW YORK - Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Wednesday, earning the honor as Trevor Hoffman and Vladimir Guerrero fell just short.

Steroids-tainted stars Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were passed over for the fifth straight year by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. But they received significantly more votes this time and could be in position to gain election in coming years.

Bagwell, on the ballot for the seventh time after falling 15 votes short last year, received 381 of 442 votes for 86.2 percent. Players needed 75 percent, which came to 332 votes this year.

In his 10th and final year of eligibility, Raines was on 380 ballots (86 percent). Rodriguez received 336 votes (76 percent) to join Johnny Bench in 1989 as the only catchers elected on the first ballot.

Hoffman was five votes shy and Guerrero 15 short.

Edgar Martinez was next at 58.6 percent, followed by Clemens at 54.1 percent, Bonds at 53.8 percent, Mike Mussina at 51.8 percent, Curt Schilling at 45 percent, Lee Smith at 34.2 percent and Manny Ramirez at 23.8 percent.

Players will be inducted July 30 during ceremonies at Cooperstown along with former Commissioner Bud Selig and retired Kansas City and Atlanta Braves executive John Schuerholz, both elected last month by a veterans committee.

Bagwell was a four-time All-Star who spent his entire career with Houston, finishing with a .297 batting average, 401 homers and 1,401 RBIs.

Raines, fifth in career stolen bases, was a seven-time All-Star and the 1986 NL batting champion. He spent 13 of 23 big league seasons with the Montreal Expos, who left Canada to become the Washington Nationals for the 2005 season, and joins Andre Dawson and Gary Carter as the only players to enter the Hall representing the Expos.

Raines hit .294 with a .385 on-base percentage, playing during a time when Rickey Henderson was the sport's dominant speedster.

Rodriguez, a 14-time All-Star who hit .296 with 311 homers and 1,332 RBIs, was never disciplined for PEDs but former Texas teammate Jose Canseco alleged in a 2005 book that he injected the catcher with steroids. Asked whether he was on the list of players who allegedly tested positive for steroids during baseball's 2003 survey, Rodriguez said in 2009: "Only God knows."

Bonds, a seven-time MVP who holds the season and career home run records, received 36.2 percent in his initial appearance, in 2013, and jumped from 44.3 percent last year. Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner, rose from 45.2 percent last year.

Bonds was indicted on charges he lied to a grand jury in 2003 when he denied using PEDs, but a jury failed to reach a verdict on three counts he made false statements and convicted him on one obstruction of justice count, finding he gave an evasive answer. The conviction was overturned appeal in 2015.

Clemens was acquitted on one count of obstruction of Congress, three counts of making false statements to Congress and two counts of perjury, all stemming from his denials of drug use.

A 12-time All-Star on the ballot for the first time, Ramirez was twice suspended for violating baseball's drug agreement. He helped the Boston Red Sox win World Series titles in 2004 and `07, the first for the franchise since 1918, and hit .312 with 555 home runs and 1,831 RBIs in 19 big league seasons.

Several notable players will join them in the competition for votes in upcoming years: Chipper Jones in 2018, Mariano Rivera and Roy Halladay in 2019, and Derek Jeter in 2020.

Sam Travis among nine non-roster invitees added to Red Sox spring training roster

Sam Travis among nine non-roster invitees added to Red Sox spring training roster

The Red Sox have invited nine non-roster players to spring training, the team announced Wednesday. The team now has a total of 15 non-roster invitees. 

Added Wednesday to the spring training roster were outfielder/infielder Allen Craig, third baseman Rafael Devers, first baseman Sam Travis, catcher Jordan Procyshen, outfielders Brian Bogusevic and Rusney Castillo, and right-handed pitchers Kyle Kendrick, Chandler Shepherd and Ben Taylor.

In addition to 39 players on the 40-man roster, the Sox have the following breakdown of non-roster invitees: 

Pitchers: Kyle Kendrick, Edgar Olmos, Chandler Shepherd, Ben Taylor, Marcus Walden
 
Catchers: Dan Butler, Jake DePew, Jordan Procyshen
 
Infielders: Rafael Devers, Matt Dominguez, Sam Travis
 
Outfielders: Brian Bogusevic, Rusney Castillo, Allen Craig, Junior Lake