Griffin: Process coming down to Farrell and Butterfield
According to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com, Demarlo Hale has been told that he is no longer in the running for Jays manager, while it was also reported earlier that Sandy Alomar, Jr. has been called and thanked for his interest. The search process which began on August 1 is quickly reaching a conclusion for Jays' GM Alex Anthopoulos.
The clear favourite as the Jays' manager is now John Farrell, the Red Sox pitching coach with his connections to assistant Jays GM Tony LaCava dating back to when they both worked for the Indians in 2002. Farrell, 48, a former major-league pitcher, was director, player personnel for the Tribe but was also considered for the managerial position eventually awarded to Eric Wedge.
Farrell has been Red Sox' pitching coach since 2007. Sox manager Terry Francona has consistently touted his pitching coach as a future manager.
Once a final decision has been made, GM Alex Anthopoulos must still reach a contract agreement with the manager-designate in terms of salary and length of contract and then must have the deal approved by Rogers' ownership. As such, Butterfield, who has been with the Jays as a coach under three different managers since 2002 and knows the players and the organization better than anyone on the list, has not been eliminated.
An announcement on the Jays manager could be made as early as Monday in Toronto.