After months of speculation and another disappointing playoff run, the Red Sox have officially fired manager John Farrell. Host Chris Gasper (@cgasper) makes sense of this breaking news with Globe Sports Editor Joe Sullivan. Then he welcomes MLB Network and Fox Sports reporter Jon Paul Morosi for a national perspective on Farrell and other moves the Sox could make this offseason. Finally, Celtics beat reporter Adam Himmelsbach joins the show to give the inside scoop on key storylines heading into the season.
On whether John Farrell getting fired is surprising
Joe Sullivan: I'm not surprised. Last year, [the Red Sox] had a press conference with Farrell and Dombrowski the same day players cleaned out their lockers. And it [didn't happen] this year so right away you knew something was going on. And then our other reporters had sources saying that discussions were ongoing about Farrell's future. And once you get to that point, it's not going to end with keeping him. It always ends up with him leaving or being fired.
"He feels like there's somebody else who can...create a better environment in the clubhouse that is more conducive to this team reaching its full potential."Chris Gasper, on why Sox president Dave Dombrowski fired manager John Farrell
On why team president Dave Dombrowski fired John Farrell
Chris Gasper: I don't think that Dombrowski felt like Farrell was the guy to get the most out of this roster. It's possible that John Farrell does not deserve to be fired based on merit. As someone who, in his five seasons here, won a World Series and three American League East titles. And won back-to-back AL East titles. At the same time, he's not the guy who got the most out of this roster. And, ultimately, I feel like that's why Dombrowski made this decision. I think he feels like there's somebody else who can get more out of this roster and create a better environment in the clubhouse that is more conducive to this team reaching its full potential. Because even though they won 93 games, it's not like you had guys that had great seasons. They were inconsistent in terms of hitting and scoring runs.
On how Dave Dombrowski put pressure on himself by firing John Farrell
Jon Paul Morosi: In time, I think that the scrutiny will find its way to Dave for the next hire. And if that new managerial hire does not go well, then, all of a sudden, he has already burned that one card that many GMs have, which is to let go of the manager who was in place at the time they took over.
"There is a decent chance, to me, that Jackie Bradley Jr. is traded this winter for pitching."Jon Paul Morosi
On why the Red Sox might consider trading Jackie Bradley Jr.
Jon Paul Morosi: There is a decent chance, to me, that Jackie Bradley Jr. is traded this winter for pitching. You can either put [Andrew] Benintendi in center, which I think is the most prudent move because Mookie is just that great in right field. And maybe then you trade for [Giancarlo] Stanton to play left or you sign a J.D. Martinez to play left or have Justin Upton to play left. There are enough bats out there that I think that makes sense as a logical move...I would say pay close attention to San Francisco because they need either a center fielder or a corner bat and Jackie can play both. And they do have some young pitching there in San Francisco. That's one team to watch closely.
On the fans chanting Kyrie Irving's name during the Celtics' recent preseason game
Adam Himmelsbach: It's the fourth quarter, it's a blowout, the game's over, and the fans who were still there spent most of the fourth quarter just chanting Kyrie's name. I'm not sure if that was because there are people who went to a preseason game hoping Brad Stevens might throw him in, which, of course, was not going to happen, or if it was their welcome to him. Like hey, Kyrie, this is your team now. We need you. And I kind of felt bad for Gordon Hayward. Here's a guy who signs here as an All-Star. Nobody is chanting his name. There's no doubt this is Kyrie Irving's team.