Terry Francona's name has come up as a possible managerial candidate for the White Sox, but generally I've considered him to be a long shot. Yes, the Red Sox had one of the greatest collapses in MLB history this month by blowing a 9-game lead over the Rays in September, and sure the Red Sox haven't picked up his option for 2012 yet, but I just felt there's no reason that Boston wouldn't bring him back.
Because it's not like anybody in Boston ever overreacts to anything.
I guess what I didn't take into consideration was whether or not the two-time World Series winner would want to go back to Boston.
According to Daryl Van Schouwen, that might just be the case.
If the White Sox have designs on making Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona their successor to Ozzie Guillen, one important door has been opened.
Francona has had enough of his eroding Boston experience, a major-league source said, and will ask the club not to exercise the option on his contract.
“He has had his fill of the whole thing,’’ the source told the Sun-Times.Whether this is actually the case or not, your guess is as good as mine, but if it is true it would certainly open the door to Francona coming to Chicago. Francona has spent time in the organization before, managing the Birmingham Barons for years, and he even helped Michael Jordan become a passable minor-leaguer.
He also interviewed with the White Sox in 2003 before the team hired Ozzie Guillen.
While I'm intrigued by both Dave Martinez and Sandy Alomar, I have to think that Francona would be the preferred option given what he's accomplished in Boston. That being said, I'm still not sure this would happen even if there's mutual interest.
Francona's option for next season with Boston would pay him $4.25 million in 2012 and another $4.5 million in 2013. That's more than twice what Guillen was making here, and a team that says it wants to shed payroll isn't likely to double the salary of a new manager.
I'd expect Francona would want at least $4 million a year, and he'd probably be more likely to get it elsewhere. There's also a chance that he takes the year off, because if he's burnt out from being in Boston, that may be exactly what he wants to do.
There's good money to be made in sitting on a set and saying nice things about everybody.