When the Red Sox signed Chili Davis to be their hitting coach, they did so with a three-year deal. It was the only way Davis could be kept from signing with the Yankees.
But what it also did was give Davis a longer contract than manager John Farrell, who by all accounts has a year less than Davis remaining on his deal.
This is not completely unusual, but in most cases the coaching staff's contracts coincide with the manager or they have a shorter contract than the manager.
I've been told not to read anything into this; that the Red Sox simply did what they had to do to secure Davis, who is the hitting coach they wanted from the moment Gregg Colbrunn resigned.
Farrell is coming off a last-place finish after a World Series championship so now might not be the time to extend him. However, if he has another good season in 2015, Farrell will likely get the extension to secure his immediate future.