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Red Sox coach near deal to manage Jays

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Blue Jays appear to be on the verge of hiring Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell as their new manager.

Though Farrell told the Boston Globe on Saturday that "nothing is official," multiple reports had Toronto offering him the job and beginning negotiations on contract terms. The Toronto Star reported that an announcement could come Monday morning.

Red Sox third-base coach DeMarlo Hale was told Friday afternoon that he was no longer being considered. He and Farrell had been finalists to replace Cito Gaston, who is retiring after a second stint as Blue Jays manager.

Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos declined to comment.

Farrell, 48, has been with the Red Sox since the 2007 season. He was the Indians' director of player personnel from 2001 to 2006 and helped the club expand scouting and player development in Latin America.

He worked with Blue Jays assistant general manager Tony LaCava in the Indians organization in 2002, when LaCava was national cross-checker for the major-league club.

WINN NOT DONE: Former Rays outfielder Randy Winn, who finished the season with the Cardinals after being released by the Yankees in May, told Fox Sports he would like to play next season.

"I would like to find a team that would like me to play for them, that's going to be my first thing," said Winn, 36, a Tampa resident. "I don't know what my options are going to be. I hope some organization thinks I can come in and help. That's what I'm hoping for."

BAGWELL OUT: Former All-Star Jeff Bagwell won't return as Astros hitting coach. He will remain with the organization in a role similar to his previous position as a special assistant to general manager Ed Wade.

Red Sox coach near deal to manage Jays 10/24/10 [Last modified: Sunday, October 24, 2010 12:57am]

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