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.