Boston Red Sox

By Matt McCarthy,

It looks like John Farrell could be in line for his third chance at a Major League managerial job.

According to a report by Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Farrell appears to be the favorite to become the next manager of the Cincinnati Reds.

Farrell, who has been working in the Reds front office since March, first emerged as a candidate for the job last week.

According to Nightengale, Jim Riggelman, the Reds current interim manager, could stay on as Farrell’s bench coach, the position he held before former Cincinnati manager Bryan Price was fired in April.

Nightengale’s report highlighted former big league third baseman and current Giants farm director David Bell as one of Farrell’s primary challengers for the job. Bell is a Cincinnati native and one of at least three external candidates the Reds are said to considering.

Former Yankees manager Joe Girardi and former Tigers skipper Brad Ausmus are also on the Reds list, according to reports.

The Phillies and Nationals interviewed Farrell last offseason for their managerial openings, but ultimately went with Gabe Kapler and Dave Martinez respectively instead of Farrell.

Farrell managed the Red Sox to the 2013 World Series title went 432-378 in five years at the helm in Boston. He previously managed the Toronto Blue Jays.

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