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John Farrell could be next Red Sox manager

Reports out of Boston are circulating that John Farrell is the top target to be the next manager of the Red Sox.

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The Boston Red Sox have fired Bobby Valentine, and they are reportedly already targeting Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell as his replacement. Farrell was the pitching coach for the Red Sox from 2007-10 before leaving to take over for Cito Gaston in Toronto. Bob Nightengale spoke with a Red Sox official who has indicated that Farrell is atop their wishlist:

Farrell still has one year remaining on the contract he signed with the Blue Jays in 2010, so he'll cost the Red Sox compensation if the Blue Jays decide to let him go. In Farrell's two seasons in charge of Toronto, the Blue Jays have accumulated a 154-170 record, including back-to-back fourth place finishes in the AL East. They finished the 2012 season at 73-89, four games ahead of the last place Red Sox.