As soon as the Boston Red Sox fired manager Bobby Valentine, rumors began to swirl that he would be replaced by John Farrell, the Toronto Blue Jays' manager of the previous two seasons. Those rumors turned to truth as the Red Sox sent utility infielder Mike Aviles to Toronto as compensation for Farrell.
Not long thereafter, it was announced that the Red Sox were not done acting like a vulture over the Blue Jays' coaching staff. Farrell's first course of action with the Red Sox was to secure the services of Blue Jays first base coach Torey Lovullo as his new bench coach in Boston. Seeing Boston so interested in Blue Jays coaches makes me wonder whether the grass will really be greener on the other side of this coaching carousel.
The Blue Jays' official website reported that the team would have interest in interviewing potential replacement candidates Sandy Alomar Jr., DeMarlo Hale, Manny Acta and others, all coming from outside the organization. At the same time, the Miami Marlins have interviewed Mike Redmond for their new vacancy, a current manager in the Blue Jays' minor league system. Further, many onlookers with ties to the Miami organization have praised Redmond as the ideal candidate and a natural-born manager.
This begs the question whether the Jays should focus more of their attention in the organization (or on what's left of it) when looking for Farrell's replacement.
Here are three main in-house options the Jays should consider, along with other candidates, for the next manager:
1. Don Wakamatsu, Bench Coach. The only one of the three with major-league managing experience, Wakamatsu managed the Seattle Mariners in 2009 and in part of 2010. In 2009, Wakamatsu finished fourth in the American League Manager of the Year voting after leading an overachieving team to a 85-77 record. The next season, he was fired after 112 games, going just 42-70. Notwithstanding the poor start in 2010, Wakamatsu proved his chops with Seattle, and may be the perfect guy to lead a Blue Jays team in 2013 that will be similar to the 2009 Mariners team in terms of seemingly low expectations.
2. Brian Butterfield, Third Base Coach. There are rumors that Butterfield may join the mass exodus to Boston, but that has yet to occur. He is one of the longest-tenured coaches on the Jays' coaching staff, first being named third base coach in 2002. Butterfield also has managerial experience in the New York Yankees' minor league system. Promoting Butterflield would not only avoid the need for a complete overhaul to the staff (and potentially the system), it would also ensure that a top-flight leader and baseball mind would be at the helm of the team.
3. Sal Fasano, Minor League Manager. Perhaps to continue the trend of hiring former catchers as major league managers, the Jays should consider former backstop Fasano. He caught for 11 years, mainly as a backup, and established a reputation for leadership and knowledge of the game. After his playing career ended, the Jays hired Fasano as a minor league coach, eventually promoting him to manager of the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats in 2010. While, admittedly, this would be a wild card pick, for what it's worth, Fasano would immediately give the Blue Jays the best managerial mustache in the game.
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Del Pearson has been a big Blue Jays fan since seeing the team's best prospects come through Auburn and Syracuse as a child. You can follow Del on Twitter @DelPearson2.
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