"I'm very excited to have him back and looking forward to playing for him," Dustin Pedroia said about John Farrell. "He's been through it before here and it should be fun trying to accomplish our goals together."

Meanwhile, the Toronto Blue Jays informed their coaching staff on Sunday that they were free to speak with other teams in the wake of Farrell leaving.

First base coach Torey Lovullo is a strong candidate to join the Red Sox, perhaps as bench coach.