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He coached at Oklahoma State, where he pitched in college, from 1997-2001 and then spent five years in the Indians’ front office before Francona, a former Cleveland teammate, brought him to Boston as pitching coach. Under Farrell’s guidance from 2007-10, Red Sox pitchers held opponents to an AL-low .254 batting average and led the league with in 4,771 strikeouts.

Farrell is familiar with Red Sox management from his time in Boston and has worked with many of the club’s pitchers _ including starters Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz, who were All-Stars under his tutelage.

“His broad set of experiences, and exceptional leadership skills, make him the ideal person to lead our team,” Cherington said in the news release. “I have known him in various capacities throughout my career, and I hold him in the highest regard as a baseball man and as a person.”

Aviles, 31, is a career .277 hitter who played 136 games for the Red Sox in 2012, mostly at shortstop.

Carpenter, 27, is 1-5 with one save and a 5.70 ERA over 67 career relief appearances with the Astros and Blue Jays. He appeared in 33 games in 2012, 30 with the Astros before being sent to the Blue Jays in a 10-player trade on July 20; he also made 23 minor-league appearances last season.

Originally a catcher, Carpenter converted to pitching in 2008.