It is not yet inevitable that Toronto's John Farrell will become the next manager of the Red Sox, a major league source said on Saturday. But all signs point to a resolution within the next few days.
The Red Sox could make their announcement on Monday or Tuesday at Fenway Park.
The Sox have been discussing compensation with the Blue Jays for several days and have requested permission to speak with Farrell to discuss contract terms. With the parties this far down the path, it would be difficult for Farrell to return to Toronto at this point.
Farrell was the pitching coach of the Red Sox from 2007-10, leaving the position to manage the Blue Jays. There was a brief attempt to bring Farrell back a year ago before the Red Sox turned to other candidates and eventually hired Bobby Valentine.
The dynamic changed for both sides this season.
After a year of volatility with Valentine, the Red Sox decided they needed a manager with the ability to handle both the clubhouse and the internal politics of Fenway Park.
Farrell has a strong relationship with veteran players on the roster, particularly the pitchers, and has shown he can work well with general manager Ben Cherington and the baseball operations staff along with the ownership group.
Toronto also proved to be a difficult fit for Farrell. He disagreed with some of the moves made by general manager Alex Anthopoulos and is now receptive to returning to Boston.
Farrell is 154-170 in two seasons with the Jays. Toronto was 73-89 this season, just four games better than the Red Sox.