RED SOX, JOHN FARRELL AGREE ON CONTRACT EXTENSION
FORT MYERS, FL – The Boston Red Sox today extended manager John Farrell’s contract through the 2017 season with a club option for 2018. Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington made the announcement.
Farrell, 52, is entering his third season as manager of the Red Sox. He became the 46th manager in Red Sox history in October 2012 after being acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays.
Over his first two seasons with Boston, Farrell has led the club to a combined 168-156 (.519) record and the 2013 World Series Championship. In 2013, he became just the sixth skipper to win a World Series with Boston, and only the fourth to do it in his first year at the helm.
Farrell finished second in 2013 AL Manager of the Year voting and was named AL Manager of the Year by the Sporting News after guiding Boston to a 97-65 record, tied with the St. Louis Cardinals for the best mark in baseball. The Red Sox took first place in the AL East and went on to win 11 of 16 postseason games in securing the Fall Classic.
Last season, he saw 55 players and 19 rookies contribute to the Red Sox, both his most as a manager as the club finished fifth in the division at 71-91 (.438). He piloted the AL to a 5-3 win over the National League in the 2014 All-Star Game at Minnesota’s Target Field.