The Red Sox have exercised their 2023 and 2024 options for manager Alex Cora, the team announced, making it likely that he’ll be with the club for three more seasons (barring a firing).
Cora managed Boston to a World Series in 2018, before being fired following an 84-78 season in 2019 — but the firing was due to his involvement in the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal when he was the bench coach during the 2017 season for Houston.
The Puerto Rican, also a former Sox shortstop who won a ring with the ’07 Sox, was re-hired for the 2021 season and led the team — that was doubted by many to finish higher than fourth in the division — to a 92-70 season and an ALDS victory. Boston then fell just three wins short of an American League pennant.
“I am beyond grateful for this opportunity to manage the Red Sox,” Cora said in a statement. “We experienced so many special moments as a team and as a city in 2021, but we still have unfinished business to take care of. I am excited about the current state of our organization and eager to continue my work with our front office, coaches, players, and everyone who makes this such a special place.”
Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom will be meeting with the media at 2:00 p.m. EST.
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