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Toronto Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista Will Welcome Former Manager John Farrell With Open Arms

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista will welcome Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell with open arms when the two teams meet in a Spring Training game on Monday.

“Why not?” Bautista said. “As a person I like him. As a manager, I like him. He never did anything bad or wrong to me. You can’t blame somebody for having a desire to get to a certain place in his career.

“At least he said it and made it obvious and made it known to everybody. And he had a chance to pursue his dream. I would rather him be there doing that than be with us and wanting to be there.”

Toronto’s former manager asked to be let go by the team so that he could pursue the managerial job in Boston, which he called a “dream job” for him. Farrell spent time with the Red Sox as their pitching coach from 2007 to 2010 and always wanted to return to the team as the head honcho. After two years with the Blue Jays, he finally got his wish.

Even though Bautista will enjoy seeing Farrell and is looking forward to talking to him again, there is no way it will influence him to take it easy on his friend.

“Yeah, I’ll go say hi to him, talk to him, see what he’s doing, see how’s he feeling. Normal chit-chat,” Bautista said. “And then I’m going to try to kick his (expletive).”

The slugger is looking forward to the 2013 MLB season in which Toronto will have a legitimate shot at making some noise in the competitive American League East division due to their solid off-season acquisitions.