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If the Red Sox want John Farrell, the Blue Jays won’t stand in the way

John Farrell

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell walks off the field after being ejected by home plate umpire Brian Knight in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Friday, Aug. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


Matthew outlined a pretty good case against the Red Sox hiring former pitching coach and current Blue Jays manager John Farrell to be their next skipper. But if they don’t heed Matthew’s advice, it seems like they’re going to have access to him:

The #Bluejays are not expected to stand in the way of the #redsox pursuit of John Farrell

— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) October 5, 2012

Now, what “aren’t expected to stand in the way” means is a good question. It could just mean that they will let Boston talk to him. It does not necessarily mean that they can simply hire him, because Farrell is under contract with Toronto still, and the Jays would be silly to let him go for nothing, even if they have no interest in him in the long term. Leverage being leverage and all.