There should be more trades for coaches in every sport. Just as the Boston Red Sox landed John Farrell as their new manager -- they acquired him from Toronto in exchange for infielder Mike Aviles -- imagine if the Lakers could offer players in exchange for a chance to replace Mike Brown.
In Boston's case, Farrell was the Red Sox pitching coach under Terry Francona, who was manager for life until he was fired in 2011. By then, Farrell was with the Blue Jays. After the Red Sox couldn't get him last year, they chose Bobby Valentine, who failed spectacularly. They're back to Farrell again, who has a middling 154-170 record in two seasons with Toronto.
It is the seventh time in major league history one team has traded for a manager while he was under contract to another, according to the Red Sox. Last year, the Miami Marlins obtained Ozzie Guillen from the Chicago White Sox in a deal that also included three players. While the means -- and Guillen -- were intriguing, the Marlins finished 69-93.
- Craig Stouffer