I'm kind of expecting ownership to cash out sooner than later, too. Recently it was reported that John Henry was looking to bring in a minority owner as some of his non-sports related ventures have been hit pretty hard this year. Could be a precursor to eventually selling the team completely.
As for John Farrell, I think he'll do a good job in Boston (certainly can't do much worse than Valentine), and I'm really glad they didn't waste any time in bringing him in. Now he's got time to put together his own coaching staff (a luxury Bobby V didn't have). I'm not a fan of trading for managers; I think if a manager wants to leave, they should be allowed to. But I didn't think Mike Aviles was going to be around next year anyway, so whatever.