John Farrell interviews to be Washington Nationals manager

John Farrell might be managing against his former team next season.
John Farrell might be managing against his former team next season. File/Barry Chin/Globe Staff

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John Farrell, fired by the Red Sox this month, could be managing against them next season.

The Washington Nationals interviewed Farrell on Friday, two days after he met with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Chicago Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez and New York Mets hitting coach Kevin Long also are candidates with the Nationals, but neither has managerial experience.

The Nationals also could be interested in former Yankees manager Joe Girardi, whom they unsuccessfully pursued in 2006.

The Nationals fired Dusty Baker after he won 192 games and consecutive division championships in two seasons. The notoriously impatient Nationals have had six managers in the last 12 seasons.


The Phillies moved manager Pete Mackanin into a front-office role on Sept. 29, only four months after giving him an extension.

Philadelphia’s list of candidates includes Triple A manager Dusty Wathan, Los Angeles Dodgers player development chief Gabe Kapler, and former infielder Jorge Velandia, now a special assistant to general manager Matt Klentak.

Farrell, 55, managed the Red Sox to three division championships and the 2013 World Series title in his five seasons with the Sox. He was fired on Oct. 11 after the Sox were eliminated from the playoffs.

Farrell is signed through 2018, so he could take a year off before returning to baseball. But friends describe him as wanting to stay in the game in some capacity.

The Red Sox play the Nationals in Washington July 2-4. They have four games against the Phillies, at Fenway Park July 30-31 and at Citizens Bank Park Aug. 14-15.

As Farrell seeks another team, new Red Sox manager Alex Cora is working on assembling his coaching staff.

Yankees third base coach Joe Espada could be the next bench coach. He was on Puerto Rico’s coaching staff for the World Baseball Classic last spring. Cora was that team’s general manager.


Boston Sports Journal identified Dodgers assistant hitting coach Tim Hyers as a candidate to become hitting coach. Hyers was with the Sox from 2009-15 in scouting and coaching roles. He has worked with many of the younger players on the roster.

Peter Abraham can be reached at pabraham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.