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John Farrell has already won. He beat the cancer that saw him have to cut last season short as the leader of the Red Sox. However, his time with the Red Sox might be running out, especially if the team gets off to a slow start in the 2016 season.
Farrell began his Red Sox tenure with the magical 2013 season. That year saw him lead a band of misfits to a World Series title. After a few years of struggling as the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, breaking in his Red Sox tenure with a championship was a welcome sight for him. The fun ended when the Red Sox finished in last place in 2014 with almost the same team he had the year before.
Farrell's biggest problem has always been knowing when to move on from a struggling veteran. He almost curbed Xander Bogaerts' career before it started by enabling Stephen Drew to flounder around in the field until the Red Sox sent him packing and he was doing the same thing with Jackie Bradley Jr. until his unfortunate exit last season.
Farrell now looks like he has no choice but to rely on the Red Sox youth as Bradley, Betts, Bogaerts, Swihart, Rodriguez, and Owens all figure to play key roles in the Red Sox 2016 season. When Farrell missed time last year, Torey Lovullo stepped in and seemingly gelled with the team from the get go. With opportunities to land a full-time gig after his impressive debut last year the Red Sox made him the highest paid bench coach in the league to stick around as Farrell's right hand man. It raises questions as to how much faith the Red Sox brass has in Farrell.
If the team gets off to a slow starts, or even if a young player does, it may be time to pull the plug on Farrell as captain of the ship. Even though he brought a championship, he still only has a 221-222 record as manger of the Sox. A last place finish will not be tolerated again and it only makes sense that Farrell is on a short leash for the 2016 season. For his sake, and the Red Sox, let's hope he is the manager as the season closes, because that will mean the year was a success and the Red Sox played meaningful baseball late into the season. But if things go sour, expect Lovullo to step back in where he ended the last season and try to guide this team back to glory.