The Boston Red Sox announced Sunday they have hired John Farrell from the Toronto Blue Jays to be their manager.
Farrell, who had a 154-170 record in two seasons with Toronto, received a three-year contract through the 2015 season. He was still under contract to the Blue Jays the 2013 season.
As compensation, Red Sox sent shortstop Mike Aviles and also received in return right-handed pitcher David Carpenter.
In a sense, it's a homecoming of sorts for Farrell, who was the Red Sox pitching coach from 2007-2010 before he accepted the Blue Jays' job.
"I'm extremely excited to be returning to the Red Sox and to Boston," Farrell said. "I love this organization. It's a great franchise in a special city and region, with great fans, and we want nothing more than to reward their faith in us."
Farrell reportedly beat out other candidates including Yankees bench coach Tony Pena, Orioles third base coach DeMarlo Hale, Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach and Padres special assistant Brad Ausmus.
Aviles hit .250 with 13 homers and 60 RBIs in 136 games for the Red Sox last season.
Carpenter played for the Houston Astros and the Blue Jays last season. He had 60 strikeouts in 60 innings, compiling a 1-5 record and a 5.70 ERA in his major-league career.
---New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Saturday that left-handed pitcher CC Sabathia will have his left elbow examined by Dr. James Andrews.
Sabathia, 32, reportedly needs to have a bone spur cleaned out, an injury that occurred while played for the Cleveland Indians (2001-08), ESPN New York reported.
He was placed on the disabled list in August after having elbow discomfort. Elbow ligaments received a clean bill of health then. He went 15-6 with a 3.38 ERA this season.
---Cashman said during a radio interview on Sunday that trading Alex Rodriguez would be "unrealistic," and he expects Rodriguez to be the Yankees' starting third baseman next season.
During his interview on ESPNNewYork 98.7 FM, Cashman admitted Rodriguez is no longer a superstar and also said he would listen to offers for Rodriguez. But he is not looking for trade partners for Rodriguez, who was pinch-hit for and later benched in the Yankees' American League Championship Series against Detroit because of a hitting slump.
"It's not like I'm going to hang phones up on anybody who wants to make any overtures about anything," Cashman said in the interview, according to ESPNNewYork.com. "You're talking about realistic stuff and unrealistic stuff. I don't think it's realistic at all for us to be moving forward with anything but Alex Rodriguez at third base."
Cashman said he "no doubt" expects the 37-year-old Rodriguez to be his starting third baseman in 2013.