The Indians plan to have Terry Francona manage the ballclub after picking up his options for the 2019 and ’20 seasons, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports.
Francona, 57, managed the Indians to the World Series, where they lost in seven games to the Cubs. It was the organization’s first appearance in the World Series since 1997 and if they had won, it would have been their first championship since 1948. The Indians weren’t under any pressure to make a decision on Francona’s options, but it was their way of rewarding him for one the best seasons the Indians have ever had.
In four years at the helm, Francona has led the Tribe to a 352-294 (.545) regular season record.
Per Hoynes, the Indians also picked up the 2017 option on 1B/DH Carlos Santana worth $12 million.