Last winter, the Sox might have had Edwin Jackson, Joe Saunders, or Hiroki Kuroda on one-year contracts. Heck, they could have had Wei-Yin Chen. All four of those pitchers contributed to playoff teams this season — and are still contributing now.
As teams get eliminated from the playoffs, the pool of managerial candidates may increase. However enamored the Sox may be with Farrell, Cherington should have had Plans B, C, D, and E in place a long time ago; he should have a list of candidates ready to go so that he can act quickly and decisively with regard to the manager.
That decision, after all, is relatively easy compared with the ones Cherington faces on his roster.
And it is far, far less important.
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