Blue Jays manager John Farrell headed back to Boston
The Red Sox have wooed their ex-pitching coach John Farrell away from the Blue Jay's manager's office & back to Boston.
In his 2 seasons as Toronto's skipper, the Jays finished with a record of 154-170. Farrell has 1 year left on his contract.
The Jays also picked up infielder Mike Aviles from Boston as part of a transaction for RHP David Carpenter.
Past CEO of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Tom Valcke tells Newstalk 1010's sports editor Mike Toth, he's disappointed to see Farrell go.
Valcke says Farrell isn't to blame for the Blue Jays' poor showing in recent years & he isn't done judging him as a manager. Valcke is also let down the Jays' didn't stand up to a team in their own division to keep their bench boss.
Valcke's pick for Toronto's next manager is former Expo Tim Wallach, a man he calls a manager in waiting. Valcke's coaching has been mostly in the minor leagues. He was named Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year in 2009. Wallach has been the Dodgers' 3rd base coach since 2010.
Valcke imagines Sandy Alomar Jr, brother to Robbie has to be contender too. Alomar was bounced as Cleveland's bench boss & replaced with ex-Boston skipper Terry Francona in early October.