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Ferguson: Molitor could be solid replacement for Farrell

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Scott Ferguson
10/19/2012 11:01:11 AM
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One way or the other the John Farrell situation is about to be settled. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, with the word the Blue Jays and Red Sox are involved in ramped up compensation talks for the Blue Jays' skipper's services.

If it has gotten that far, Farrell must be willing participant in this negotiation and must want to return to his old haunts in Beantown. The Jays have clearly decided it time to move on and are just trying to get the most they can for their manager.

This is risky business for the Jays. If Farrell rights the ship in Boston and becomes the manager they believe he can be, the Jays will be ridiculed. More so if they don't get enough back in return. If Farrell flops, then there are those who will wonder why the Blue Jays hired him in the first place.

I still believe Major League baseball should lay down stricter guidelines to govern situations such as this. Over the past year since Boston first went after Farrell -- Terry Francona's former pitching coach -- this has smelled like blatant tampering.

Situations like this should be dealt with only in the off-season, in private and with MLB being totally involved.

This could turn out in the Blue Jays favour. But it will always smack of "the big powerful club," having its way with the "Little Guy".

It's almost impossible to assess John Farrell's tenure with the Jays. Injuries simply ruined his second season after he went 81-81 in his first. I found him to be a commanding presence, an insightful, honest man who appeared to have the respect of his troops. There were times though if he was better cut out to be a general manager.

I've already stated, if Farrell does indeed leave, the Jays need to go with a proven winner, who gives the team instant credibility so they don't slip further back or just tread water.

One outside the box choice I would have suggested though is Paul Molitor. Molly has worked with the Minnesota Twins in a variety of roles including roving instructor over the last decade or so. He is one of the most intelligent players I ever had the pleasure of meeting during his days with the Blue Jays. The Hall of Famer had an incredible baseball IQ and work ethic and the respect of his teammates.

For all those reasons I'm surprised, that when Molitor made it known he'd like to be a coach on Ron Gardenhire's staff next season, General Manager Terry Ryan turned him down, saying he wasn't a good fit at this time.

Molitor hasn't managed, but neither had the Cardinals Mike Matheny, and he's just one win away from going to the World Series in his first season.

One more note on John Farrell: The Blue Jays first homestand next season starts out with Terry Francona and his new club, Cleveland in town on April 2, followed by Boston on April 5. Could it play out any better than that for the fans?

Depth Additions

The Blue Jays have picked up three players on waivers this week who could be depth players for the big club or wind up at Triple "A" Buffalo.

They got 29-year-old right hander Corey Wade from the Yankees and 28-year-old  right hander Tyson Brummett from the Phillies.

But the really intriguing name was 27-year-old outfielder Scott Cousins. You might remember him as the Marlins player who broke Buster Posey's leg in that home plate collision last season. Cousins can play all three outfield positions and should the Jays decide not to pick up the $3-million option on Rajai Davis, he could be very well in the running for the fourth outfielder's job.

Keeping Them Coming

Chicago is a two team town and basically a Cubs town. Still this was a bit unusual to me. The Blue Jays attendance was actually better than the Chicago White Sox, even though the "Pale Hose" were in first place in the AL Central for a large chunk of the season, before fading and losing out to Detroit in the last couple of weeks.

All the more reason, the Blue Jays have to get their managerial situation solved quickly and have an impactful off-season. They can't afford to let all the attendance gains of this past season slip away.
 

Paul Molitor (Photo: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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