Though Red Sox pitching John Farrell was expected to be interviewed for the vacant Seattle managerial job, he has declined that offer, according to baseball sources.
Farrell did the same last offseason when the Pirates were interested in speaking with him about a job that eventually went to John Russell, citing loyalty to an organization with which he'd been for only one season.
But that doesn't mean the Sox might not lose a member of their staff to the Pacific Northwest. Bench coach Brad Mills interviewed with the Mariners today, and third base coach DeMarlo Hale is scheduled for his interview on Thursday.
The Sox appeared to be bringing back most of their staff -- with the exception of first base coach Luis Alicea, who was let go by the organization -- but could need to fill a hole in the coming weeks.
Update, 9:34 p.m.: The Red Sox have just sent out a statement from Farrell confirming that he has taken himself out of the running to be the new Seattle manager.
“I have withdrawn my name for consideration by the Seattle Mariners as they search for a new manager," Farrell said in the statement. I wish them well as they move forward. My decision is based on family reasons and being committed to the Red Sox Organization. The working relationship shared with Theo and Tito and the resources provided by John Henry, Tom Werner, and Larry Lucchino create a situation that is both challenging and rewarding.”