The Red Sox have hired John Farrell as manager and signed him to a contract that runs through 2015, CSNNE.com reported Saturday night.
Farrell, Boston's pitching coach from 2007-10, was under contract with the Blue Jays, whom he had managed for two seasons. He reportedly had been the top candidate for the Red Sox job since they fired Bobby Valentine after the season.
Toronto's compensation for Farrell is expected to be announced in the next few days. According to the Boston Herald, Blue Jays president Paul Beeston had indicated he would let Farrell go only if Toronto received at least one "decent player" in return.
TEXAS WOOS MAGADAN: Tampa native and former Jesuit High standout Dave Magadan said he left his job as Red Sox hitting coach to join the Rangers because of the level of interest that Texas exhibited.
"I think (the Red Sox) wanted to bring me back, but it just didn't work out," Magadan told WEEI-FM in Boston. "Texas made a really aggressive play for me. (The Red Sox) made an organizational decision not to go to that level regarding how much to compensate their hitting coach. That's fine. I don't have any qualms about that."
THREE-TEAM TRADE: The Diamondbacks acquired RH reliever Heath Bell and INF Cliff Pennington in two trades that sent CF Chris Young to the Athletics. Arizona obtained Pennington and minor-league INF Yordy Cabrera from Oakland for Young and cash, then sent Cabrera to the Marlins for Bell and cash. Also, the Diamondbacks exercised a $6.5 million club option on closer J.J. Putz's contract.
WOUNDED YANKS: SS Derek Jeter had his fractured left ankle surgically repaired by foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C. Jeter is expected to need 4-5 months to fully recover. Also, LHP CC Sabathia will have his inflamed pitching elbow examined by noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews this week.
Times staff writer Marc Topkin contributed to this report.
The Rays cleared needed space on their 40-man roster, outrighting OF Rich Thompson and RHP Wilking Rodriguez to Triple A. Thompson played in 23 games, hitting .091, after being acquired from the Phillies organization. Rodriguez was 0-4, 5.56 in seven games for Class A Charlotte.
The Rays needed room to reinstate OF Brandon Guyer (shoulder surgery) and C Robinson Chirinos (concussion) from the 60-day disabled list.