The Cleveland Indians this afternoon fired manager Many Acta after three seasons. Bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. has been named interim manager and identified by the team as a candidate to get the job.
Alomar is well-regarded in Cleveland and has to be seen as the favorite. He played 11 years for Cleveland and has a good rapport with the players and front office.
Alomar was one of the candidates interviewed by the Red Sox last fall during their long search for a new manager.
If Alomar were to fall through, however, Terry Francona could be a candidate.
Francona spent the 2001 season working in the Cleveland front office and is highly regarded by team president Mark Shapiro and general manager Chris Antonetti.
The Indians probably aren't looking to pay a manager what Francona would be seeking. But Francona would value the idea of working with people he knows and trusts.
It's far more likely that Francona would seek a job with a contending team. But the managerial search season has started and wheels are spinning.
Cleveland's move today also underscores the need for the Red Sox to be ready to act quickly should they fire Bobby Valentine.