John Farrell returning to the Boston Red Sox remain a real possibility, at least according to ESPN's Dan Shulman, who Tweeted that if Farrell wanted to vacate his position as manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, the team wouldn't stop him from returning to Boston.
Farrell managed for the first time in his career last season, guiding the Toronto Blue Jays to an 81-81 record and a fourth place finish in the American League East, one of the toughest divisions in baseball. Farrell had served as the pitching coach under Terry Francona prior to his managing stint in Toronto from 2006 through the end of 2010.
Farrell, a pitcher himself, played eight major league seasons from 1987 to 1996 with the Cleveland Indians, California Angels and Detroit Tigers. Farrell had a 36-46 record with a 4.56 ERA and 355 strikeouts in 116 career games.