The Boston Red Sox have hired John Farrell as their new manager, according to a report on the team's website late Saturday. Farrell, 50, spent the...

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The Boston Red Sox have hired John Farrell as their new manager, according to a report on the team’s website late Saturday.

Farrell, 50, spent the past two seasons as the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, one of Boston’s American League East rivals, but he is familiar to Boston’s players and fans, having served as the pitching coach for former manager Terry Francona from 2007 to 2010.

Farrell was 154-170 in two seasons with Toronto. reported that the Red Sox would send infielder Mike Aviles to Toronto as compensation for hiring Farrell.

He replaces Bobby Valentine, who was fired one day after Boston (69-93) completed a disastrous first season with him in charge. The Red Sox had attempted to hire Farrell last year after Francona was fired, but the talks quickly broke down over the Blue Jays’ compensation demands.

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Bell, Young traded

Heath Bell became the latest player jettisoned by the Miami Marlins when he was dealt Saturday to the Arizona Diamondbacks, who also acquired infielder Cliff Pennington from Oakland for outfielder Chris Young.

Arizona obtained Pennington and minor-league infielder Yordy Cabrera from Oakland for Young and cash, then sent Cabrera to the Miami Marlins for Bell and cash.

Earlier in the day, Arizona exercised a $6.5 million option on closer J.J. Putz, a former Mariner.

The 35-year-old Bell has 151 saves the past four seasons. He signed a $27 million, three-year contract with Miami last offseason but lost his closer’s job in July. He finished with 19 saves in 27 chances and a 5.09 ERA in 73 games.


• New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has had surgery to repair a broken left ankle. Dr. Robert Anderson operated Saturday in Charlotte, N.C. The Yankees said complete recovery for their 38-year-old captain is expected to take four to five months.

Jeter was injured Oct. 13 in the 12th inning of the AL Championship Series against Detroit.

Meanwhile, Yankees ace CC Sabathia will have his pitching elbow examined by Dr. James Andrews following inflammation that landed him on the disabled list in August. An MRI showed a bone spur in the left elbow.

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