John Farrell and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a contract extension through the 2017 season that includes a club option for 2018, according to ESPN.
“I’m very pleased to announce, on behalf of owners, no question in our minds John is the right man to manage this team and we expect him to be here for a long time,” Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com. “Given that we had been entering the final year of the original contract he signed here, we wanted to get something done with him prior to spring training and almost made it, first day.
“Clearly, we want him to be here as our manager for a long time. It gets the question out of the way going into the season and allows us to focus on baseball.”
The 52-year-old came back to Boston in 2013 and won the World Series as a manager for the first time. He spent his previous two years as a manager with the Toronto Blue Jays while going 154-170 as his first managerial position.
With the Red Sox, Farrell has gone 168-156 while winning a title and finishing last place in the AL East last season. He hope to prove himself in 2015 with a pitching staff made up of Clay Buchholz, Wade Miley, Rick Porcello, Joe Kelly and Justin Masterson while also dealing with Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez in the lineup on a daily basis.
The Red Sox manager was a pitching coach under Terry Francona and won a World Series ring with the 2007 team as he helped Josh Beckett and the rest of the starting staff to it second title in four seasons.
With the deal, the Red Sox (and John Farrell) can focus on getting ready for the 2015 season as well as being secure for the next few seasons under a consistent managerial presence.