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Indians Working Out Deal with Francona to Be Next Manager



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Several outlets including ESPN are reporting that the Cleveland Indians are working out details of a deal that will make Terry Francona their next manager. The Plain Dealer’s Paul Hoynes is reporting that the Indians have informed Sandy Alomar Jr. that Francona will be the next manager of the ball club; Alomar was the other candidate being considered for the job. A deal is reportedly in the works that will see Francona sign with the organization for 4-years, but financial terms have not surfaced as of this writing. Francona led the Boston Red Sox to two World Series Championships before being fired from the organization at the end of the 2011 season after claims surfaced that there was rampant drinking and horseplay happening in and around the Red Sox club house under his tutelage.

Alomar, who was named the interim manager of the ball club following the dismissal of Manny Acta on September 27 th, has not speculated whether he would be willing to stay on with the Indians as a member of Francona’s coaching staff. It is likely that Alomar will leave to pursue other opportunities, and he is expected to be a candidate for the open Boston Red Sox job following the dismissal of Bobby Valentine after just one season at the helm of that club.



By Robert Gonzalez
Cleveland Indians Correspondent