Jays appear close to tabbing Farrell manager

Jays appear close to tabbing Farrell manager

The Blue Jays appear to be on the verge of revealing their choice as the 12th manager in franchise history.

On Friday night, a report on Comcast SportsNet New England's website, citing multipe industry sources, indicated that Toronto had offered the vacant job to Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell. According to the report, only the details of the contract stood in the way of an official announcement.

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos, who has remained tight-lipped throughout the managerial search, was not available for comment.

Earlier this week, Farrell was identified as one of four known finalists for Toronto's managerial role, which became available after long-time Blue Jays skipper Cito Gaston retired from the position at the end of this past season.

The other final candidates included Blue Jays third-base coach Brian Butterfield, Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale and Indians first-base coach Sandy Alomar Jr. Butterfield and Hale boasted managing experience in the Minor Leagues, while Farrell and Alomar had no experience as a manager.

As of Thursday afternoon, Butterfield had not been informed that he was out of the running. On Friday night, the Blue Jays third-base coach was not immediately available for comment.

"I really feel at this point in my life, that I may be able to have an even bigger impact on a ballclub," Butterfield said in a phone interview with MLB.com on Thursday. "I'm not underemphasizing the importance that a coach has. ... That's a huge responsbility for a Major League coach and I don't downplay that.

"But at the same time, I would like to advance to a point where I've got my hands on a little bit of everything."

If Butterfield is indeed out of the mix, it is believed that he will be a favorite to earn a spot on the staff of Orioles manager Buck Showalter, a good friend of his. Anthopoulos noted at the end of this past season that all of Toronto's coaches will be offered a role within the Jays' organization if they are not a part of the new manager's coaching staff.

An industry source confirmed to MLB.com that Alomar was definitely out of the running for the manager's job with the Blue Jays.

Farrell, 48, has served under Red Sox manager Terry Francona since 2007, when the coach left his role as the director of player development with the Indians. Farrell -- a former Major League pitcher -- held that job with Cleveland since 2001.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.