MLB Trades: Toronto Blue Jays Made the Right Move in Letting John Farrell Go
Disloyal. Dishonest. Turncloak.
Those are three of the words being thrown by Toronto Blue Jays fans of now-former manager John Farrell.
Farrell's departure, however, may be a blessing for the Jays and their future.
Consider the fact that in each of Farrell's two seasons at the helm, the Blue Jays won fewer games than the season prior, even if this past season was an injury-filled year for the club.
It was also clear that Farrell's first choice was to be manager in Beantown; he called it his dream job.
Who can blame him?
It's one of the most storied franchises in the history of the the game and he spent five seasons there as the team's pitching coach.
Sure, he had a year left on his deal in Toronto, but moving him this offseason probably was better for both Farrell and Toronto.
It's been one of baseball's worst kept secrets that the Red Sox were intent on landing the Blue Jays' manager and that likely would have hung over the Jays all season in 2013.
The other main advantage in letting Farrell walk now was the return the Jays would get in exchange for Farrell.
Had he stayed on for the final year of his deal, he would have just signed freely with the Red Sox this time next year.
Do you harbor any hard feelings over manager John Farrell's departure?
Instead, Anthopoulos was proactive and relieved Farrell of his obligations in Toronto in order to ensure that the Jays would get something in return.
Picking up Mike Aviles was huge for Toronto.
By letting Farrell go, they have now taken care of one of their offseason priorities by picking up Aviles, who can play both middle infield positions as well as third base.
He'll also come at a significantly cheaper price than outgoing second baseman Kelly Johnson; money that can be used to acquire a pitcher or left-handed power bat.
Anthopoulos also has given himself plenty of time to consider his options and thoroughly vet all his options for manager before the start of spring training.
It may not sit well with most Jays fans, but it was a move that was bound to happen.
In the end, it was a savvy move by a smart general manager and a career-making opportunity for an amicable manager.
Jays fans should have no hard feelings going forward and should be excited about the team's future.
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