Report: Farrell could be close to managing the Red Sox
This promises not to resemble the situation last year with former general manager Theo Epstein, when neither team was motivated to resolve the compensation issue, or the White Sox, who were more than willing to let Ozzie Guillen bolt for the Marlins.
A situation would have to be resolved quickly.
The Red Sox have interviewed four managerial candidates this past week: Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach, Yankees bench coach Tony Pena, Padres special assistant Brad Ausmus and Orioles third base coach DeMarlo Hale.
The Herald reported that Farrell is their top choice. He has spent four years in Boston as pitching coach under Terry Francona, and shares good relationships with both GM Ben Cherington and assistant GM Mike Hazen.