After weeks of negotiations, the Red Sox have the man they want to lead their team. John Farrell was acquired by the Red Sox yesterday for shortstop Mike Aviles.
Farrell had one year remaining on his contract in Toronto, so the Sox needed to offer compensation. He was 154-170 in two seasons in Toronto. Farrell served as pitching coach in Boston from 2007-2010. He has familiarity with some of the pitchers and the critical fan base in Boston, so it should be a good fit. The Red Sox had a team era of 4.70 last season, which Farrell should be able to improve. As part of the compensation, the Blue Jays received shortstop Mike Aviles. He hit .250 with 128 hits and 60 runs batted in 2012. Farrell has a signed a 3-year deal and hopes to turn around the recent fortunes in bean town.