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Indians name Francona manager, and how that could help the Red Sox

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  October 6, 2012 05:20 PM

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The Cleveland Indians will name Terry Francona their manager on Monday.

That's the news from Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports and multiple sources have confirmed it to the Globe. Francona, 53, will return to baseball after a year with ESPN.

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 they fired Farrell.

Toronto, Major League sources said, is less stringent about the idea of keeping Farrell than it was last fall when the Red Sox inquired about him. Having Alomar available could increase their willingness to deal with the Red Sox.

Alomar was offered a spot on Francona's staff. But he would prefer to manage if given the opportunity.

Francona is expected to have Brad Mills, the former Houston manager, on his staff. Mills was Francona's bench coach in Boston.

Francona was 744-552 in eight seasons with the Red Sox, winning two World Series titles.

The Red Sox are at Cleveland April 16-18 and host the Indians May 23-26.

Update, 7:20 p.m.: The Indians have announced that Francona is their choice and will be introduced on Monday.

Have to think that ESPN will consider Valentine to replace Francona. It was Francona, of course, who replaced Valentine last fall.

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