John Farrell: Notion that Red Sox coaches 'hate' Yoenis Cespedes 'completely unfounded'

October 28, 2014 - 5:51 pm
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Red Sox manager John Farrell, in an interview on SiriusXM's MLB Network Radio, made clear his displeasure with a New York Daily News report that cited a Red Sox insider in suggesting that all the members of the Red Sox coaching staff "hate" Cespedes. "Totally surprised and completely off-guard," Farrell told the station of his reaction to the report. "It's unfortunate that a comment like that is made from elsewhere. We had two full months with Yoenis. I think you get a pretty good feel for a player or a person when you're around them every day for the length of time in a given day that we are. We know him to be one thing, and that is a guy that works well. He became a very good and strong performer in the middle of our lineup. We're happy he's here. We're certainly looking forward to building a lineup with him in the middle of it next year. Completely unfounded and kind of a shame that someone would write something like that because we see him and from what we know of him is completely 180 degrees from what was written." Cespedes hit .269/.296/.423 with five homers in 51 games after the Red Sox acquired him from the A's in exchange for Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes. The 29-year-old is entering his final season of a four-year, $36 million contract that will make him a free agent after the 2015 campaign.