Terry Francona was named manager of the Cleveland Indians on Saturday, roughly a year after his acrimonious departure from the Red Sox.
Francona, who will be introduced on Monday, replaces Manny Acta, who was fired after three seasons.
Francona was selected over Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr., a decision that could have a tangential effect on the Red Sox in two ways.
Alomar was one of the candidates the Red Sox interviewed last fall before they hired Bobby Valentine. He could emerge as a candidate again now that Valentine has been fired.
It is more likely that Alomar becomes an option for Toronto if the Red Sox are able to work a deal to hire John Farrell away from the Blue Jays.
Alomar was a finalist with Toronto in 2010, when the Jays hired Farrell.
The Blue Jays, major league sources said, are less stringent about the idea of keeping Farrell than they were last fall when the Red Sox inquired about him. Having Alomar available could increase their willingness to deal with the Sox.
Francona was 744-552 in eight years with the Red Sox that included two World Series championships. The team elected not to pick up his contract option at the end of the 2011 season following a 7-20 September during which the Sox fell out of a playoff spot and into third place.
Francona said he felt his influence in the clubhouse had waned and he had lost the support of several key players. He moved quickly into television, working for Fox in the first round of the playoffs, then signing on as an analyst with ESPN.
Francona’s ability to communicate with players translated well to television, but he consistently said he wanted to get back in uniform. The Indians proved to be a good fit because of his relationship with team president Mark Shapiro and general manager Chris Antonetti.
Francona spent the 2001 season working in the Cleveland front office after being fired as manager of the Phillies. He often has said that season helped broaden his viewpoint and made him a better manager once the Red Sox gave him a second chance.
Former Astros manager Brad Mills, Francona’s bench coach in Boston, is expected to rejoin him in Cleveland.Peter Abraham can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.