Red Sox exercise option to keep manager Farrell through 2018

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The Boston Red Sox will exercise manager John Farrell's 2018 contract option after winning the American League East this season, the MLB team announced Monday.

There is seemingly a managerial controversy every year in Boston, but that will not be the case for the foreseeable future as the Red Sox remain committed to Farrell, 54, for at least two more seasons.

Farrell is 339-309 in four seasons with the Red Sox, including a 2013 world championship, but that year and 2016 sandwich a pair of disappointing sub-.500 returns.

Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski gave Farrell a vote of confidence despite a loss to the Cleveland Indians in the American League Division Series this season, saying in a statement that "he's done a real great job for us."