Farrell the right fit?


The latest name to surface in the Pirates’ manager search is John Farrell, who’s in his first year as pitching coach for the Boston Red Sox.

Farrell, 45, was the Cleveland Indians’ director of player development from November 2001 until last winter, when he joined the Red Sox staff. During his five seasons in Cleveland’s front office, Farrell worked closely with … (wait for it!) … Neal Huntington.

Farrell’s lack of managerial experience is a potential drawback. But his success this season with Boston’s diverse pitching staff is a plus.

Farrell pitched in the majors for eight years with the Indians, Angels and Tigers. The right-hander has a career record of 36-46 with a 4.56 ERA in 116 games.

The Red Sox go into tonight’s Game Four of the ALCS trailing Cleveland, two games to one. If Boston comes back to win that series, Farrell probably could squeeze in an interview with Huntington before the start of the World Series. With the GM meetings and baseball’s annual Winter Meetings looming, Huntington is running out of time to get his management team in place.