Indians Tab Francona As New Bench Boss

Just three days into the Indians off-season, the organization has hired former Red Sox skipper Terry Francona as Manny Acta's replacement.  GM Chris Antonetti met with Francona yesterday in Cleveland and raved about what a great candidate he was.  Francona won two World Series Titles with the Red Sox, winning it all in 2004 and 2007.

Francona has some Cleveland ties, playing for the Indians back in 1988.  He also served as a special assistant to then GM Mark Shapiro back in 2001. He's known as a "player's manager," and also was part of a controversy in 2011 when it was revealed that his players were drinking alcohol in the clubhouse.

The 53-year-old sat out the year after the Red Sox chose not to renew his contract.  He served as an analyst with ESPN during his time off.  During his eight years in Boston, Francona compiled a record of 744-552, making the playoffs five times.

Francona's hiring means that fan favorite Sandy Alomar Junior is the odd-man out in the two-candidate hiring process.  Santos interviewed with the Red Sox, Blue Jays and Cubs last season and figured to get a shot at another opening this year.

Reports are that recently fired Astros manager Brad Mills could be joining Francona in Cleveland as the bench coach.  Francona's new deal