Major League Baseball traditionally asks teams to refrain from making major announcements during the World Series, which starts on Wednesday.
Might that serve as a deadline of sorts for the Red Sox to strike a deal with the Toronto Blue Jays for manager John Farrell?
General manager Ben Cherington did not respond to requests for comment on Friday. But major league sources said the sides are continuing to discuss proper compensation for Farrell.
Farrell, 50, was the Red Sox pitching coach for four seasons before becoming manager of the Blue Jays in 2011.
Farrell has not denied any interest in returning to Boston after two seasons in Toronto. The Red Sox see Farrell as being able to capture the respect of the players following the turbulent one-year reign of Bobby Valentine.
Like Cherington, Toronto general manager Alex Anthopuolos has a reputation for honesty in his dealings with the media. Speculation in Toronto is that he canceled his weekly radio appearance on Thursday morning rather than answer questions about the situation.
As the Red Sox try to engineer the return of Farrell, the four managerial candidates they interviewed are waiting to get some news.
The Red Sox spoke to Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach, Yankees bench coach Tony Pena, Padres special assistant Brad Ausmus and Orioles third base coach DeMarlo Hale.
“Thought it went well. There was no timetable given or when I might hear back,” said Hale, who interviewed on Thursday. “[I] Enjoyed the opportunity.”
Hale could become a candidate for the Blue Jays if Farrell is allowed to go to Boston.