Phillies “Still Interviewing”; Meet with Farrell
Wednesday was an eventful day for the Phillies managerial search. First, we learned that candidates Chip Hale and Phil Nevin were ruled out of the managerial search. Then, a published report said that the Phillies were "zeroing in" on hiring Dusty Wathan as their next manager. However, it appears the Phillies are not finished interviewing.
Farrell won a World Series ring and three American League East pennants in his five years as Red Sox manager.
Farrell is due to earn his full salary with the Boston Red Sox in 2018. Any team bringing him on board would essentially have him working for free, since the money he earns as a manager somewhere else would cancel out a financial obligation. Thus, Farrell may not even wish to manage unless there is a long-term commitment.
If the Phillies hire a veteran such as Farrell, a younger prospective manager such as Wathan could serve as his bench coach and be groomed to take the reigns next.
Should Farrell manage, it would be interesting to see if he keeps some of his coaching staff. Red Sox pitching coach Carl Willis is still under contract with the Red Sox, but was allowed to interview for the Minnesota Twins pitching coach vacancy. Farrell's bench coach, Gary DiSarcina, was viewed as a possible candidate for the Phillies job and is considered a managerial prospect.
Whatever the Phillies do, it is unlikely they will name a manager before the end of the World Series, as that is discouraged by Major League Baseball.