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Is This Alex Cora’s Last Year in Boston?

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As Alex Cora approaches the final year of his contract with the Red Sox, it sure seems like he’s taking an unconventional approach, resembling a player’s perspective rather than the typical managerial outlook. Most managers bristle at the idea of trying to manage on an expiring contract. They want the security and the authority in the clubhouse that a contract extension brings. Cora seems unfazed and unconcerned. Lame duck status be damned. 

Although there’s a possibility the Red Sox and Cora come to an agreement on an extension during Spring Training, it appears unlikely. Despite criticism from some disgruntled Red Sox fans, Cora is widely recognized as a great manager in baseball circles. Observing the lucrative contract that Craig Counsell signed with the Cubs, Cora likely believes he can command an even better deal and he is probably right. 

Speculation arises about Cora’s future destination, there is this loaded team out in Los Angeles. Maybe you have heard of them. If the Dodgers fall short of a championship this year, there could be a managerial shift from Dave Roberts to Alex Cora. Isn’t that where all Red Sox eventually go? 

The Red Sox are projected to win just under 80 games this season, with only five teams projected to do worse. However, despite low expectations and a lackluster offseason, the Sox might very well outperform these projections. While a Duck Boat Parade is not exactly realistic, the Red Sox could easily find themselves contending for a playoff spot late into the season and surprising many folks. Cora will get the praise which will only increase his value on the open market especially to the Dodgers if they underachieve again in October.

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