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John Farrell officially introduced as new Boston Red Sox manager

John Farrell was hired by the Boston Red Sox as the club's 46th manager on Saturday and was officially introduced on Tuesday.

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John Farrell introduced as Red Sox manager

John Farrell was introduced as the 46th manager of the Boston Red Sox Tuesday at a press conference at Fenway Park. Farrell's Boston introduction came a few days after his new team, and his old team, the Toronto Blue Jays, confirmed a trade. Farrell takes over for Bobby Valentine, who was fired after leading the Red Sox to a disappointing 69-win season.

At the presser, Farrell made three things clear: One, he wanted the job, two, he will run a team that is aggressive, and three, he will make clear to his players that he's the one in charge.

Last season Farrell helped the Blue Jays compile a 73-89 record and finish fourth in the American League East Division standings in his first season at the helm. From 2006-10, Farrell served under former Red Sox manager Terry Francona as the Red Sox's pitching coach. Farrell feels his familiarity with the organization will help with the transition process, via The Boston Globe:

"Boston is in my mind the epicenter of the game. To come in and have at least four years of experience previous, not having sat in the seat, but to be close to it, that energy and what people expect holds people accountable for the effort they put out every single night."

Farrell said one of the biggest things he will do as a manager is win the respect of his players – something many believe Valentine never did, and Francona lost over time:

"It's something that you earn, you develop, and you have to maintain it with a consistent approach. That doesn't mean it's always going to be rosy. There's going to be challenges, there's going to be tough conversations to have with individual players, but I think the willingness to have those conversations and to be candid and upfront, that's where you can earn that trust, day in and day out."

General Manager Ben Cherington praised Farrell and said the working relationship between the two can help lead to a winning franchise.


John Farrell to be introduced Tuesday at Fenway

John Farrell will be officially introduced as the new manager of the Red Sox at a press conference Tuesday.


John Farrell officially named Red Sox manager

The Red Sox sent shortstop Mike Aviles to Toronto as part of the transaction, with David Carpenter coming from the Blue Jays to Boston.


Red Sox acquire reliever from Blue Jays

The Boston Red Sox will receive pitcher David Carpenter from the Toronto Blue Jays to complete the compensation for the Red Sox's hiring of manager John Farrell, according to WEEI's Alex Speier.

The Red Sox hired Farrell on Saturday. In return, the Blue Jays received infielder Mike Aviles.

Carpenter, 27, has appeared in 67 games in the major leagues. The right-handed reliever has a 5.70 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP in 60 career innings pitched.

Last season, Carpenter appeared in 30 games for the Houston Astros before he was traded to the Blue Jays. With Toronto, Carpenter gave up nine earned runs in 2⅔ innings pitched.

Carpenter was drafted as a catcher by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2006 draft but was converted to a reliever.

The West Virginia native has had trouble with control since landing in the big leagues, but he hasn't struggled with striking out batters. He has 29 walks and 60 strikeouts in 60 innings.


Red Sox will send Mike Aviles to Blue Jays

According to Rob Bradford of WEEI, the Red Sox will be sending middle infielder Mike Aviles to the Toronto Blue Jays as part of the trade that landed them manager John Farrell. Bradford also states that the Blue Jays will still need to send a play or cash to the Red Sox in order to finalize the deal.

Aviles hit .250/.282/.381 for Boston last season after being acquired from the Kansas City Royals in 2011 for Yamaico Navarro. Aviles played in 136 games for the Red Sox last season, including 128 starts at shortstop. Jose Iglesias started the second most games at shortstop last season for the Red Sox, and he hit an abysmal .118/.200/.191 in 77 PA. Ivan De Jesus is listed as the third shortstop on the Red Sox depth chart, with Pedro Ciriacao as another potential in-house option to replace Aviles at shortstop next season. De Jesus was sent from the Dodgers as part of their blockbuster trade with the Red Sox, while Ciriaco signed as a free agent last off-season.


Boston will receive player, send MLB infielder

Although the specific details of the Red Sox/Blue Jays trade are not finalized, some details are starting to leak about the trade for new Boston manager John Farrell. Jon Morosi sent out the following tweets about the trade.

This deal is starting to look similar to the trade the Cubs and Red Sox made last season, which sent Theo Epstein to Chicago and both teams swapped minor league players. In this trade, however, the Boston Red Sox are sending a major league infielder, but not Will Middlebrooks (and presumably Dustin Pedroia). That leaves Jose Iglesias, Mike Aviles, Ivan De Jesus and Pedro Ciriaco as the potential players being sent by Boston to Toronto to complete the transaction.

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