The Boston Red Sox decided they needed a new manager after Bobby Valentine got fired earlier in the month, so they traded for one. Within the division. The deal brings John Farrell back to the team after helping negotiate his release from the Toronto Blue Jays. John Farrell served as pitching coach of the Boston Red Sox from 2006 to 2010 before being named the manager for the Blue Jays in 2011. Farrell had a win-loss record of 154-170 in two seasons in Toronto, going 73-89 in 2012.
The trade sends starting short stop Mike Aviles and cash considerations to the Blue Jays, and in exchange, the Boston Red Sox not only got Toronto to release Farrell from the last year of his contract, but they got pitcher David Carpenter as well. Carpenter was 0-2 with an 8.07 ERA in 2012 with 60 innings pitched. Aviles hit .250 this season with 13 homeruns and 60 RBI.