The Boston Red Sox hired John Farrell to be their new manager on Sunday, obtaining their former pitching coach from the Blue Jays in a trade for infielder Mike Aviles.
Farrell had been the Toronto manager the past two seasons, posting a 154-170 record with two fourth-place finishes.Â He had one year remaining on his contract with the Blue Jays, allowing them to demand compensation from Boston.
"I'm extremely excited to be returning to the Red Sox and to Boston," Farrell said in a statement released by the Red Sox. "I love this organization. It's a great franchise in a special city and region, with great fans, and we want nothing more than to reward their faith in us."
It's the second time the Red Sox have pursued Farrell for their managerial job, closing the deal this time by working out a rare but not unprecedented trade for an active manager. Boston will give up Aviles, who hit .250 with 13 homers and 60 RBIs last season, and get right-hander David Carpenter in return.
Farrell received a three-year deal in Boston.
The pitching coach in Boston for four years, Farrell was the heir apparent to Terry Francona before going to Toronto two seasons ago when it seemed like Francona would be sticking around long-term. When Francona was let go in September of 2011, the Red Sox tried to pry Farrell loose from the Blue Jays. But Toronto asked for a top player in return for Farrell.