John Farrell is out as manager of the Red Sox.
Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement Wednesday, ending Farrell's five-year tenure as manager after spending four years as the team's pitching coach earlier in his career.
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Farrell managed the team to a World Series title in 2013, his first season back with the team after the Sox acquired him from Toronto. He went 432-378 as manager in the regular season, reaching the postseason three times (all as winners of the American League East) and winning division titles in his final two seasons. Despite winning the devision, the Sox were eliminated in the ALDS in each of the last two seasons.
According to the team's press release, the search for the team's next manager "will begin immediately."
As the July 31 trade deadline inches closer, the American League East-leading Boston Red Sox are exploring the market for bullpen help. According to FanCred Sports' Jon Heyman, Boston is one of several suitors lining up for talented Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton.
"He looks like the Britton of old," a scout told Heyman, who reports that the Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Atlanta Braves are also inquiring about a deal for him.
Britton made his 2018 debut last month after recovering from an Achilles injury, and has a 3.68 ERA with four saves in 15 appearances. He hasn't allowed an earned run in seven straight appearances, dating back to a blown save in a June 27 loss to the Seattle Mariners.
Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reports that Orioles scouts have been checking in with the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs, with particular interest in prospect Michael Chavis.
Baseball America ranks Chavis as the No. 2 prospect in the Red Sox system, but does not have him in its most recent Top 100 prospect rankings. In 10 games split between Portland and Low-A Lowell this season, Chavis is hitting .222/.364/.500 with two home runs and six RBIs.