Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE
The Red Sox are looking for a replacement for manager Bobby Valentine, and it appears they are trying to pry John Farrell away from Toronto.
The Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays are in negotiations for the rights to manager John Farrell. The process is taking longer than expected, so the two sides may not be agreeing on terms, according to ESPN Boston.
Toronto is reported to be requesting one or more players of significant value. The two teams were in this same position in 2011, but the Red Sox did not want to pay the rumored price of Clay Buchholz or Daniel Bard.
The Red Sox just endured a 69-93 season, which was Bobby Valentine's first and last as a manager in Boston. He was let go the day after the final game.
Farrell was hired as the Blue Jays manager on Oct. 25, 2010. He has guided Toronto to a 154-170 record over the last two seasons. The team went 81-81 in his first season, a four game drop-off from the season prior. The Blue Jays declined again in 2012, winning just 73 games in Farrell's second managerial campaign.