NEW YORK -- John Farrell makes it clear he wants to some day manage. But Boston's pitching coach said that the focus right now should be on the team and not a recent report that said a clause in his contract would keep him from getting the Cleveland Indians job if Eric Wedge is fired.
Farrell, who was the director for player development for the Indians before coming to Boston and lives in Cleveland in the offseason, would not confirm a Foxsports.com report that said a clause in his contract prevents him from taking a managing job before 2011.
"I think there are those who have reported that -- not through me -- they have found out some way to confidently report that," Farrell said before Sunday's game against the Yankees. "If there are those who have put that out there [they] already seem to have enough information to report that it's accurate."
A baseball source confirmed to ESPNBoston.com that there is a clause in Farrell's contract preventing him from managing until after the 2010 season.
Farrell did say, however, that no team has asked the Red Sox for official permission to talk to him about any potential openings. He also added that he didn't want any focus to be on him. ESPN's Buster Olney wrote recently in his blog that the Red Sox would give Farrell permission to talk to other teams if asked.
"This is not the time to talk about individuals and something that's been speculated on," Farrell said. "I can tell you that no permission has been asked and any comments about any open positions, either currently open, or speculated to be open, need to come from those organizations."
Farrell, 47, was hired in 2007 as the Red Sox pitching coach and has become a trusted member of manager Terry Francona's staff. His staff had the fourth-lowest ERA in the AL last season and ranks in the same place this year with a 4.24 ERA heading into Sunday's game. His staff this year also includes four Japanese pitchers, the first time in major league history a team has had four Japanese pitchers on a roster in one season.
"John is part of our foundation, a core member of this organization's present and future," said general manager Theo Epstein, who declined comment on Farrell's contract status.
Farrell worked as Cleveland's farm director from 2001-06 and was a pitcher with the team from 1987-1990.
Farrell said he is completely committed to working in his current position, but did say he would welcome a chance at managing at some point.
"I'm ambitious," he said. "Yeah, I do have the goal of maybe one day fulfilling that role, but I can't tell you where and when that will be."
Amy K. Nelson is a staff writer for ESPN.com and ESPNBoston.com. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or at twitter.com/amyknelson.