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John Henry: 'Farrell Will Be Missed'

It appears now that the Toronto Blue Jays have officially hired Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell as their manager as Red Sox owner John Henry has wished publicly wished Farrell luck.

"The Jays are getting a great baseball man and a great person,'' John Henry wrote in an e-mail to the Boston Globe of Farrell. "We were able to keep John as a part of our organization longer than a couple of other teams would have wanted, but it really is time for John to step up to the next level."

Farrell, 48, has been in the Red Sox organization since 2001 helping with player development.  Henry believes that Farrell has become an extraordinary coach and well transition well into being an MLB manager.

"He will be an effective, excellent manager," Henry said of Farrell. "I expect him to manage in MLB for as long as he wants to. He's going to an excellent young team with a strong and smart hierarchy. The Blue Jays are going to be a force in the AL East for some time to come. I am grateful for the years John Farrell gave to the Red Sox. He will be missed.''

Farrell, along with fellow Red Sox coach DeMarlo Hale and Indians coach Sandy Alomar Jr. were all considered for the Blue Jays job according to ESPN Boston.