BOSTON (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Boston Red Sox fired manager John Farrell on Wednesday after the team’s second straight loss in the AL Division Series.

The Red Sox announced the move less than 48 hours after they were eliminated from the playoffs with a 5-4 loss to the Houston Astros. Farrell’s contract had been scheduled to run through the 2018 season.

Boston won back-to-back American League East titles for the first time in franchise history this season despite losing the bat of retired slugger David Ortiz. It also did it despite starting the season with $217 million pitcher David Price on the disabled list and watching as 2016 Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello stumbled to an 11-17 record.

Farrell managed the team to its eighth World Series title in 2013, his first season. But he found himself under a harsh spotlight each of the last two seasons after exits in the division series of the postseason.

John Farrell

John Farrell (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Farrell went 432-378 over five seasons with Boston. He managed Toronto for two seasons before that and went 154-170.

Farrell said after losing to the Astros that the team didn’t meet its goals but had some good young players continue to develop.

“We had a number of challenges thrown our way from individual injuries to performance,” he said. “But as a team they stuck together.”

The offense slumped after Ortiz retired, even though the team had baseball’s third-highest payroll. Several players also struggled with health issues, including second baseman Dustin Pedroia and pitcher Drew Pomeranz.

Farrell began his coaching career with Boston as a pitching coach from 2007-2010. He was part of the team’s 2007 World Series title.

As manager in August 2015, he was diagnosed with lymphoma and missed the rest of the season while he underwent chemotherapy. A year later, he announced the cancer was remission.

Some names being mentioned in the press as possible successors to Farrell include former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, whom Red Sox president Dave Dombrowksi hired in Detroit; Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis; former Boston catcher Jason Varitek, who now serves as a special assistant to Dombrowski; and Astros bench coach and former Red Sox infielder Alex Cora.

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