Boston Red Sox Acquire Toronto Blue Jays' Manager John Farrell

Jon ReidCorrespondent IIOctober 21, 2012

TORONTO, CANADA - OCTOBER 1: Manager John Farrell #52 of the Toronto Blue Jays argies a call in the tenth inning before being ejected by home plate umpire Marvin Hudson #51 during MLB game action against the Minnesota Twins on October 1, 2012 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Rumors have been swirling for quite some time now around John Farrell heading back to Boston to replace Bobby Valentine as its manager.

Farrell served the Red Sox from 2006 to 2010 as the club's pitching coach before uprooting and heading north of the border to take on the task of managing the Toronto Blue Jays.

According to The Globe and Mail a deal has been finalized between the two clubs to send Farrell back to Boston, while the Blue Jays will acquire utility infielder Mike Aviles.

In Farrell's two seasons as the Blue Jays' bench boss, the team compiled a record of 154-170, though this season the team took a step back, largely due to a slew of injuries.

The Blue Jays will now need to add finding a new manager to their offseason to-do list, which already includes finding another arm for the starting rotation, adding another viable option off the bench and picking up another big bat from the left side of the plate.

While Alex Anthopoulos has his work cut out for him this offseason, moving Farrell was probably a wise decision, seeing as he would have most likely walked after the expiration of his contract following the 2013 season.

Now it's time for the rumors in Toronto to fly about who will replace the 50-year-old New Jersey native.

Some believe it will be Sandy Alomar, but that remains to be seen.

Be sure to check Bleacher Report for more analysis on this move as well as potential replacements that the Blue Jays could be looking at.