John Farrell addressed the rumors that he is considered the top candidate to replace fired manager Bobby Valentine and become the team's new skipper. Farrell voiced that he is happy with current position and that the Red Sox have not contacted him regarding their managerial vacancy (via Peter Abraham on Sulia).
"I am the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays. That's where I've been the last two years and that's where I currently am," Farrell said.
"This speculation started to rear its head again probably the final two months of the season. I can tell you this: In my conversations with [Toronto GM] Alex [Anthopoulos], it hasn't distracted me from my job and what the commitment there is. I'm extremely challenged, happy as the manager of the Blue Jays. But its obvious that there's a vacancy to fill there and they're going about their interview process as it is.
"Nothing has been communicated directly to me. If the Red Sox have contracted Alex, I'm unaware of that. Where it stands is what I said: [I'm] manager of the Blue Jays."
Farrell is considered to be the Red Sox' top target in their manager search.
Ausmus joins Tim Wallach, the third base coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers, as the public candidates for the managerial position. Ausmus has never managed a team professionally, but did serve as the manager of Team Israel during its World Baseball Classic qualifying run this year.
In 1993, Ausmus began his playing career with the Padres, playing four seasons in San Diego before moving to the Detroit Tigers (1996, 1999-2000), the Houston Astros (1997-1998, 2001-2008) and the Dodgers (2009-2010). Ausmus compiled a career .251 batting average with 80 home runs and 607 RBI in 18 seasons and 1,971 games.
Ausmus declined an opportunity to manage the Astros earlier this year.