It appears that Terry Francona has managed his last game for the Boston Red Sox. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that, according to a major league source, Francona is expected to leave the team as soon as Friday.
Terry Francona will meet with Red Sox management on Friday morning, and the expected resolution is that he no longer will be the team's manager, major league sources say. While Francona's departure is not certain, it is the likely outcome, in part because he is pressing for a resolution, sources say. He would not be fired; the Red Sox would simply decline their club options on him for 2012 and '13.
Rosenthal writes that the Chicago Cubs could be a potential landings spot for Francona, as he played for the franchise in 1986, or he could potentially not manage at all next season.
Francona has a record of 1,029-915 in 12 seasons as a manager and is 744-552 in eight years at the helm of the Red Sox. Prior to his time in Boston, Francona had a record of 648-285 in four seasons managing the Philadelphia Phillies. During his tenure in Boston, Francona has won two World Series titles in 2004 and 2007.