A Red Sox source denied an article in the Chicago Tribune which said the Red Sox inserted a clause in Carl Crawford's contract that would prevent him from being traded to the Yankees if they dealt him to another team.The denial was reported by WEEI.com's Alex Speier.The Red Sox reportedly have the right to select 28 clubs to whom he can be traded to without consent, but Crawford does have the right to eliminate two of those team.The history does prove however that when the Red Sox have this option they tend to choose the Yankees. The Red Sox rarely ever discuss deals with the Yankees and the last deal between the two teams was in 1997 when the Sox sent Mike Stanely to the Yankees for Tony Armas Jr. and Jim Mecir.
UPDATE: The deal is for three years, per Ken Rosenthal.
Alex Cora’s deal to manage #RedSox will be for three years, sources tell The Athletic.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 21, 2017
BOSTON — We’re just waiting on an announcement now.
A pair of national reports on Saturday afternoon, one from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal...
...And another from MLB Network and FanRagSports.com's Jon Heyman...
red sox offer offer manager job to alex cora; assuming contract is finalized, will be announced after houston's done https://t.co/xJauQjHvJi— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) October 21, 2017
have firmed up Alex Cora’s expected hiring as Red Sox manager. Both reported that Cora, the Astros bench coach, is expected to take the job once Houston's season ends, which could come as soon as Saturday night after Game 7 of the American League Championship Series.
A baseball source said this week that there was “not a doubt” Cora, the Astros bench coach, would wind up with the Red Sox gig. It’s unclear when exactly the offer was made to him, but one had not been made as of midday Wednesday, the source said.
Cora, 41, a former Red Sox infielder (2005-08) who's also worked in the media and is the most sought-after managerial candidate at the moment, appeared the front-runner since the outset of what proved a small search for the Red Sox.
Earlier, Boston Globe reported that the Washington Nationals were interested in Cora after they fired Dusty Baker on Friday.
The Washington Nationals will ask to speak to Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora after the ALCS, Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reported, which could throw a wrench into the Red Sox' plans to name Cora their manager.
Nats to ask Astros to speak to Alex Cora after ALCS per ML source. Once Offered player dev job after he played for Nats.— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) October 21, 2017
The Sox appeared close to naming Cora to replace John Farrell after the Astros season is finished, NBC Sports Boston Red Sox Insider Evan Drellich reported earlier this week. Then the Nats decided to part ways with manager Dusty Baker after consecutive N.L. East titles but Division Series flameouts.
Cora, 41, as Cafardo points out, was once offered a player development job with the Nats, who were the last team he played for (2011) in his 14-plus years as a major league infielder, including 2005-08 with the Red Sox.
Nationals GM Mike Rizzo obviously has a fondness for Cora, telling MLB.com in 2011:
"I think it comes natural to him to be a teacher. Alex still has a lot left in his tank as a player. But he has my number, and when he’s done playing, he can make a call. It will be well-received."
After interviewing Cora, ex-Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and Ron Gardenhire, who took the Tigers job this week, Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told WEEI.com that he was still "undecided" if he'll interview anyone else.