Apparently 18% of voters believe that Farrell has been good enough to merit an extension of his contract one year before its expiry. I can see the view that he has been a fair manager, and I can see the view that he has been a poor manager, but not the view that he has been a good one. Is it just a difference of opinion, or do those 18% think that one ought to offer extensions to fair managers?
I voted for the extension, not based on merit, but based on the fact that he will be a lame duck manager without one. I don't think it's fair to can him now, and don't like expiring contracts on managers so you extend him a year and decide his fate next offseason. It's not a lot of money - less than what McGowan will earn.
Having a manager go into his final year isn't ideal, so I think it should be a yes or no decision.
Being fairly indifferent, and with Boston likely to come calling, I'd take a worthwhile player and look for a new manager. It'd be interesting, if that happened, if they went to one of the other candidates back when Farrell was hired - Butterfield or Sandy Alomar.
What's wrong with lame duck status?It's better to give him an extention and fire him?
I think the optics of firing Farrell after the misfortune he's had this season would stick to AA in the future. If you could spin it in a "heart in Boston" manner, then fine. But at the end of the day, he doesn't make a lot of money, so giving him a short extension doesn't inhibit your ability to fire him next seasonIs Sal Fasano still the coach of the future?
I'd prefer Dave Martinez.
If you are going to try to win the Tampa Bay way, you need to finish last and pick first for 10 straight seasons, so you may as well extend Farrell.
AA chose Farrell in what was a very intense and long interview process. It's possible that AA likes the way Farrell manages, as scary as that sounds.
I also think hiring from the Rays organization is a good idea. Even if Dave Martinez is not Joe Maddon, he's probably closer than Farrell will ever be.
Extend him? We should trade him!
Look, he is nothing special. Not worth firing but totally replaceable by Toronto. Yet the Red Sox will likely give us something for him! Let's take it and go get somebody new! Think Butterfield is ready for the big seat?