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Red Sox, Alex Cora agree to new terms on contract

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The Red Sox announced on Wednesday that the club and manager Alex Cora agreed to new terms on a contract, which includes a one-year extension through the 2021 season and a club option for the 2022 season. The previous terms had him signed through 2020 with a club option for 2021.

Cora, 43, led the Red Sox to a championship in his first season as a manager. His team won a franchise-record 108 games during the regular season, then tore through the Yankees, Astros, and Dodgers in the postseason.

It comes as no surprise that the Red Sox would want to extend Cora. Cora is bilingual, embraces analytics, and reportedly gets along quite well with his players.

Cora finished in second place in 2018 AL Manager of the Year Award voting behind Athletics manager Bob Melvin. Melvin received 18 first-place votes and 121 total points to Cora’s seven first-place votes and 79 total points.

Report: Tigers to sign Josh Harrison to one-year contract

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Tigers and infielder Josh Harrison are in agreement on a one-year contract, pending a physical. Harrison is expected to be the club’s regular second baseman.

Harrison, 31, spent the first eight years of his career with the Pirates, putting up a .725 OPS while spending significant time at second and third base while also logging hundreds of innings in both corner outfield spots as well as shortstop.

Interestingly, Harrison reunites with Jordy Mercer, whom the Tigers signed in December. Harrison and Mercer were Pirates teammates since 2012. Mercer will handle shortstop for the Tigers.