FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Boston Red Sox’s agreement negotiations with manager John Farrell were quick, still and effective. Just how a skipper likes it.
The Red Sox announced Saturday that Farrell sealed a two-year agreement extension that runs by 2017 with a bar choice for 2018. General manager Ben Cherington pronounced Boston prioritized inking Farrell to a new understanding before open training. The manager happily obliged.
“I’m overjoyed to have a extension, to be means to work alongside Ben and Mike and many others in a front office,” Farrell pronounced Saturday during JetBlue Park. “This is a unequivocally special place. To be means to be here during slightest a series of years that are in place, we don’t take for postulated one impulse what a expectations are and how we have to broach on those expectations.
“The fact that it was rubbed a proceed it was, unequivocally low key, that is elite on my part,” Farrell combined of his agreement talks. “I always feel a concentration should always sojourn on a players, and that will always be a case. But (I’m) overjoyed about this entrance together.”
Farrell, who was hired in Oct 2012, led a Red Sox to a World Series pretension in his initial deteriorate during a helm. His second debate in Boston was distant different, as a bar stumbled to a last-place finish in a American League East.
But Farrell, notwithstanding pulling a few wrong strings during times, never has mislaid his players’ trust. It’s a clever substructure on that Boston can build for a subsequent 3 seasons, during least.
“I cruise one of a categorical things is being means to bond with all of a players and a opposite forms of players that we have in a clubhouse,” pronounced Farrell, a players’ manager who also carries an lawful voice. “I don’t know that we can prioritize one over a other. They’re equally important. But we cruise in a time that we’re now personification this game, it’s critical that you’re honest and promulgate consistently with a guys who come by a hall and that they know that we have their back.”
Farrell is handling in Boston on a heels of dual muted seasons as manager of a Toronto Blue Jays. Each event represents a training experience, though, and Farrell still looks behind fondly on his prior army with a Red Sox, during that he served as a pitching manager for 4 seasons (2007-10) underneath former Boston manager and stream Cleveland Indians skipper Terry Francona.
“Those 4 years were invaluable, since a opposite personalities that each group is going to have and a focal indicate that a team, a Red Sox, can be in New England, positively in Boston. He defused so many things that nobody ever saw,” pronounced Farrell, who stays tighten friends with Francona. “The proceed he dealt with guys in his office. Again, he subscribed to a same view, that a diversion is still about a players.
“For us to remove steer of how formidable this diversion is to play would be improvident on a part, and to have some care toward players when times of plea are there, they’re going to feel your support. His instance was invaluable.”
It would have been easy — even reasonable — for Farrell to coddle over his destiny after a Red Sox finished 71-91 in 2014. Sure, a Sox won it all in 2013. But this is Boston we’re articulate about. Success isn’t only desired. It’s approaching and demanded.
Yet Farrell confirmed his common approach. Realistic. Focused. Determined.
“I’ve never left to work overly endangered with a contract. we allow to a fact of, ‘What can we do currently to a best of a abilities?’ ” Farrell pronounced Saturday. “It’s a model, it’s a aphorism that we allow to here of, ‘How are we going to follow winning tonight?’ What that means as distant as standing contractually, from a bottom of my heart, we never unequivocally deliberate it.”
Farrell won’t have to cruise it most this season, either. The Red Sox have their guy. And so they changed quickly to close him up.
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