Red Sox manager John Farrell was in the final year of his contract signed with the Red Sox before the 2013 season, but he will not be a lame duck manager in 2015. The Sox have announced that they have extended Farrell's contract through 2017 with a club option for the 2018 season.
This comes as no surprise, as the Red Sox longed after Farrell from the moment he left to manage for the Toronto Blue Jays back in 2011, which also happened to be the final season for longtime manager Terry Francona in Boston. The Sox made a trade with the Jays to bring Farrell, Boston's former pitching coach, back as manager before 2013, though, and then went on to win the World Series that year before a tougher follow-up campaign plagued by injuries and underperforming youth.
Farrell is a perfect fit in Boston's mind, though, even after a tough year, as he has a rare combination of experiences as a player, director of player development for the Indians, a coach, and a manager -- those various roles he's performed throughout his career make him able to communicate and understand the ideas of players young and old, coaches, and executives. Communication is a major part of a manager's job -- or have you forgotten about Bobby Valentine already? -- so while Farrell might make an odd lineup or bullpen move every now and again, he gets the major stuff correct and is respected by his players, and that's worth keeping around.
As the Red Sox are expecting their promising youth to form the next exciting Red Sox core, someone like Farrell who understands what goes into player development and has managed and been a veteran player himself makes all the sense in the world for Boston. It's good news to see that he wants to stick around as much as the Sox want him to.
It took some time after losing Francona seemingly out of nowhere, but the Sox seem to have found their next long-term manager, and have said as much with this deal. With all the manager shake-ups that occur across the league on a regular basis, you can be excused for feeling a little excited about this deal. Go on, you've earned it.