SEATTLE — John Farrell was the Red Sox’ top choice to manage after they fired Terry Francona last October, and every indication this reporter has received from team and major league sources is that he will be their first choice to replace Bobby Valentine.
The Red Sox, however, could run into the same buzzsaw they ran into last fall: compensation. It’s not easy to work out a deal for a manager at any time, but it’s particularly tough with a team in your own division. If he’s the manager you want, do you overcompensate to get him? It’s a different sport, but the Patriots overcompensated the New York Jets in order to get Bill Belichick.