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Red Sox may have competition if they want to bring back Cora

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There's been plenty of speculation about whether the Boston Red Sox will bring back Alex Cora after his one-year suspension ends.

But there's another possibility: that Cora goes elsewhere.

The Tigers will consider both Cora and former Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch for their open manager job, Detroit general manager Al Avila said Friday.

"I have them on my list," Avila told reporters, via the Detroit Free Press.

Cora and Hinch are suspended through the end of the 2020 World Series as punishment for their roles in the 2017 Astros' sign-stealing scandal. The Astros fired Hinch in January on the same day of his suspension, while Cora and the Red Sox agreed to part ways the following day.

Avila acknowledged the former managers' transgressions Friday but said they won't stop him from considering them as candidates.

"Obviously, the cheating scandal is not a good thing," Avila said. "They're serving their suspensions. And once their suspensions are over, they'll be free to pursue their careers. We have not eliminated anybody from our list at this point."

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Cora was a player favorite in Boston who helped guide the Red Sox to a 2018 World Series title, so the speculation around his return is warranted, especially with Ron Roenicke moving on from the team.

Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom may want a fresh start rather than re-hire the last manager of the Dave Dombrowski era, though, so it's possible there could be an open market for Cora.