BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox have introduced John Farrell as their new manager.
Farrell appeared Tuesday at a news conference with club officials two days after the team announced it had reached an agreement with the Toronto Blue Jays to allow him to leave with one year left on his three-year contract as manager. The Red Sox sent infielder Mike Aviles to Toronto and obtained reliever David Carpenter in the deal.
Farrell, Boston’s pitching coach from 2007-10 under Terry Francona, takes over for Bobby Valentine, who was fired after one of the worst seasons in team history. The Red Sox finished in last place in the AL East with a 69-93 record, their worst since 1965 and four games behind the Blue Jays.
Farrell is the 46th manager in franchise history, and was introduced by Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington.
“As far as what you can expect from us on the field, I truly believe in an aggressive style of play,” Farrell said. “That creates a strategy that is relentless, and I think that is critical.”
Boston wanted to hire Farrell after it let Francona go, but Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos asked for a top player in return. At the time, Farrell had been with the Blue Jays for one season, going 81-81.
“We will give forth our best effort,” Farrell said, “as a minimum.”
In two seasons with Toronto, Farrell was 154-170 and finished fourth twice.
“We brought in a number of young players (in Toronto), and we installed a new running game,” Farrell said, looking back on his time with the Blue Jays. “We ran into some outs because of that, and we struggled sometimes with that strategy.”
The fallout from Farrell’s exit has not been pretty in Toronto, especially after Farrell talked about his loyalty to the Blue Jays a few weeks back.