Someone will have to explain to me, however, why the Boston front office thought Francona was the problem with last season's team yet wanted to hire one of his former coaches as his replacement. Perhaps the Red Sox thought Farrell was the missing link on Francona's staff.
Farrell called the Red Sox his "dream job," according to Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos. He now has the opportunity to manage a team that has traditionally been an AL East powerhouse and perennial playoff contender.
But the Red Sox will have to do more than replace Bobby Valentine with Farrell to return to success.
General manager Ben Cherington got a head start on next season when he traded Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to the Los Angeles Dodgers before the Aug. 31 waiver trade deadline.
That gave Boston the payroll relief and flexibility to presumably build a more versatile, athletic roster. But Cherington can also add power at a couple of positions that were lacking last season. And of course, a team can never have enough pitching.
Here are six trades or free-agent signings the Red Sox should look to make during the offseason. Cherington won't make all of these moves; that would be impossible. But two to three of them could ensure that Farrell's first season in Boston is far more successful than Valentine's.