Former Red Sox infielder and current Astros bench coach Alex Cora could be offered the job of Red Sox manager within days, according to a report Thursday. Cora is still locked in the American League Championship Series with the rest of the Astros (who trail the Yankees in the series, 3-2).
According to Evan Drellich of NBC Boston, “industry sources continue to expect Astros bench coach Alex Cora will be the Sox’ pick.” One of Drellich’s sources was more direct.
“Not a doubt it is him.”
The 41-year-old played in Boston from 2005-2008, and was on the Red Sox’ 2007 World Series-winning roster. He was also known as a valuable clubhouse member, especially in helping star players like Manny Ramirez. Fellow former Red Sox infielder Mike Lowell explained Cora’s value in an interview earlier in 2017:
I think Alex Cora doesn’t get enough credit for how much of a positive influence he was on Manny. He would say things like, ‘Hey, you’re the man and you have to carry us and do this and that,’ and stuff like that. Manny liked that, and you have to work those personalities. Alex was great at that.
As Red Sox management has previously noted, hiring a manager who can better relate to the players is a priority.
Cora is one of several names to be connected with the Red Sox vacancy, along with several other mostly younger candidates.