Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell has told the Cleveland Indians he does not intend to interview for the club’s managerial vacancy, according to a report on the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s website today.
“It’s an honor to be considered for the job,” Farrell told Paul Hoynes, the newspaper’s Indians beat writer. “Especially for a team that I played for, my father played for and where there are so many people I know and respect. All those things considered, my desire is to fulfill the commitment between Boston and myself.”
The commitment Farrell refers to is a clause in his Red Sox contract that prevents him from pursuing a managerial job elsewhere until after the 2010 season.
But Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein indicated earlier this week that Farrell, who pitched for the Indians from 1987-90 and again in ’95 and also served as the club’s director of player development from 2001-06, would be permitted to interview for the opening in Cleveland, where he still resides in the offseason.
“There’s no denying there is an intent to manage at some time,” Farrell said. “But I have a mutual commitment with Boston that I feel I should fulfill.”