John Farrell would have been a great fit as the next manager of the Boston Red Sox. Unfortunately, he is already employed as the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, and in order to pry him away, the Jays reportedly asked for one of the Red Sox' young pitching stars, Clay Buchholz.
According to a tweet from David Waldstein from the New York Times, the Blue Jays asked for Clay Buchholz as compensation if the Red Sox were going to hire away John Farrell to become their manager. FoxSports.com originally reported that the Red Sox had identified Farrell as a potential candidate for their managerial opening, but, as Ken Rosenthal wrote, "never considered it likely the Jays would engage in serious discussions about Farrell, and the conversations failed to progress." (via WEEI)
Farrell is heading into his second season as manager of Toronto and posted an 81-81 record and finished fourth in the AL East in his first season. Buchholz was 6-3 with a 3.48 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 14 games for the Red Sox in 2011.