When Peter Gammons tweeted that three GMs considered John Farrell a fait accompli for the Blue Jays job, many assumed it was all but a done deal.
Except Gammons himself is wondering if he was a bit premature in tweeting the news. Gammons has a new tweet that reports that Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulous is still considering DeMarlo Hale.
Both Farrell and Hale work for the Red Sox -- Farrell has been the pitching coach for four seasons while Hale managed in the minors for the Red Sox and Rangers. He then served as first-base coach for Texas from 2002-04 before moving to Boston for the 2006 season as third-base coach. He remained in that role through 2009 before transitioning to bench coach once Brad Mills left to manage Houston.
A decision is expected very soon and will likely come prior to the World Series beginning play. One thing's for sure: Boston's going to have to replace at least one coach.
UPDATE : Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com hears that Sandy Alomar, Jr. has been told he is out of the running for the job.
UPDATE : Gammons appeared on The Big Show Friday with an update on Toronto's search.
GM Alex Anthopoulous is backing Hale, while assistant GM Tony LaCava and others want Farrell. A decision is supposed to be made tonight, and the Jays will inform the Red Sox of their decision. It sounds as if Boston is hoping that Anthopoulous goes with his choice over Farrell.
'I think the Red Sox know that it’s going to be really difficult, given the pitching staff, to replace John Farrell," Gammons said. "There just isn’t anybody out there right now. … I don’t really think they know what direction they’re going in when John leaves. I think they’re worried about this. Very worried.”
-- Evan Brunell
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