Jim Tracy reportedly emerges as candidate to manage Blue Jays

Scott Cunningham

Jim Tracy asked out of his deal with the Rockies earlier this month, and he's reportedly being courted for the Blue Jays' opening.

Former Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy has been mentioned as a possible replacement for John Farrell as the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun reported Monday.

Elliott said that Tracy and former Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta have both emerged as candidates to win the job Farrell left behind to manage the Boston Red Sox.

Elliott noted Tracy's relationship with Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos, his assistant Dana Brown and assistant general manager Tony LaCava. All four worked together with the Montreal Expos when Tracy was the team's bench coach.

Tracy also has a relationship in place with Toronto's best player. Tracy managed Jose Bautista when the two were with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Elliott handicapped the race to replace Farrell, and he considers Tracy among a field of three favorites he put at 3-1 odds. The other two were Acta and Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr.

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