John Farrell out as Red Sox manager

The Red Sox announced Wednesday morning that John Farrell will not return as manager for the 2018 season.

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski discussed the decision during a news conference Wednesday.

"I thought it was the appropriate time to make a change for the betterment of the organization moving forward," Dombrowski said. "You weigh a lot of different things to come into play. You watch day in, day out over a season. You come up with a decision based upon that. And for me, at this point, sometimes change can be better. That's why we've decided to move forward with the change."

The Red Sox won 93 games in each of the past two seasons, and Farrell was the first manager in club history to guide the club to back-to-back AL East titles. Farrell went 432-378 in his five seasons with Boston and his win total is the sixth highest in team history.

"It's not a snap decision that says 'Oh, we lost in the postseason.' That is not by any means the case," said Dombrowski. "The Houston Astros have a good club, so that's not the reason. In my position, you're always thinking about how you get better in every different facet, so it's a thought process that takes place in everything you do."

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