It’s been over three weeks since Dombrowski announced that John Farrell would not be returning for his fifth season as manager in 2018. Since then, it has been reported that Farrell has interviewed for multiple managerial openings, including those of the Nationals and the Phillies.
As reported by The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, Farrell interviewed for the manager job with the Nationals on Friday, after previously interviewing for the same position with the Phillies earlier in the week.
In my opinion, Farrell struggled to connect with a young roster like he had this past season in Boston, and would not make much sense going to a rebuilding team like the Phillies.
However, according to Buster Olney he thinks that if the Phillies want an experienced manager that Farrell has the advantage.
This appeared on Twitter yesterday after Farrell interviewed, “Industry expectation is that if the Phils opt for MLB managerial experience, John Farrell will be next PHI skipper over internal options.”
This Washington job suits John Farrell better, as opposed to Philadelphia. With the roster being a veteran-heavy team, it has similarities to the team that won a World Series in Boston in 2013. Despite the experience, it would make sense for the Nationals to explore the services of Joe Girardi over Farrell.
The former Red Sox manager could also explore the New York Yankees position if he was wanting to be controversial. A trip to the Bronx for Farrell would certainly cause a larger spark in the dwindling rivalry. However, it is highly unlikely that the Yankees would hire John Farrell, despite winning back-to-back AL East titles.
While the rumors will continue to swirl, one thing is for sure: John Farrell intends to manage a MLB team in 2018.
Thankfully, for many Red Sox fans, it’s not the Boston Red Sox.