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John Farrell: ‘There are many, many players eager to re-write the story’ of 2012

01.25.13 at 7:48 am ET

Even from a distance, John Farrell knew how disastrous 2012 was for the Red Sox. And he knew many of the players on the roster even before he accepted the job of Red Sox manager.

In the three months since, he’s gotten a strong indication from those he’s spoken with that the team is eager to get to work and make amends.

It wasn’t long ago – 2010 to be exact – that Farrell was Terry Francona‘s pitching coach, giving daily advice to the likes of Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz. He knows very well the tendencies of Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury and David Ortiz.

Still, he was asked Thursday at the Boston baseball writers’ annual dinner, does he know what he’s getting into?

“Yeah, and I think we have a very good roster,” Farrell said. “I like our team as it stands today. We haven’t even gotten to spring training yet. But not only the talent that Ben and the staff brought in but the people they are. From Day 1 of being named to this position and talking to players throughout the offseason, there are many, many players that are eager to re-write the story that took place a year ago, and all are looking forward to getting on the field in Fort Myers.”

Farrell also knows the organization has brought back star players like Jason Varitek and now former ace pitcher Pedro Martinez to offer their advice as organizational assistants.

“A lot of experience,” Farrell said. “A lot of great pitching experience. He and Tek being back in our organization, in roles where they can they afford and give back to the young players that are coming through the system right now, and really even at the big league level, to give advice. This is a unique place, where you have the ability of having two guys who have had the success they’ve had to have them accessible to our players. … it’s going to be an asset for all of us.”

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