“I’m very excited to have him back and looking forward to playing for him,” Dustin Pedroia said about John Farrell. “He’s been through it before here and it should be fun trying to accomplish our goals together.”
Meanwhile, the Toronto Blue Jays informed their coaching staff on Sunday that they were free to speak with other teams in the wake of Farrell leaving.
First base coach Torey Lovullo is a strong candidate to join the Red Sox, perhaps as bench coach.
Lovullo managed Triple A Pawtucket in 2010 before joining Farrell in Toronto. He was one of the candidates the Red Sox interviewed last year before they hired Bobby Valentine.
“It’s uncertainty, that’s all I know at this point,” Lovullo said. “Nothing has been decided.”
Lovullo said his relationship with Farrell makes it natural to think he could return to the Red Sox.
Brad Ausmus, one of the four candidates interviewed by the Red Sox earlier this month, said the team only discussed managing with him, not any coaching positions.
“Of course I’m disappointed. I went in trying to win the job. I grew up a Red Sox fan,” Ausmus told Nick Cafardo.
Finally, there is this. Japanese high school righthander Shohei Otani will pursue a career in the majors and has asked Japanese teams not to draft him.
The Red Sox and Dodgers are among the teams that have scouted the 18-year-old, whose fastball reaches 100-mph.