Ken Rosenthal lists Alex Cora’s potential landing spots this winter

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“He’s going to be this year’s Craig Counsell, it certainly seems that way.”

Alex Cora is currently in the last year of his contract with the Red Sox. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Alex Cora is still at the helm of the Red Sox’ dugout.

But with the 2018 World Series champion currently n the final year of his contract with Boston, there stands a real possibility that Cora will be coaching elsewhere in 2025 and beyond. 

Even though the Red Sox have not made it to the postseason since 2021, Cora is expected to be a hot coaching commodity if he hits the open market, with his communication skills, baseball IQ and championship resume further bolstering his standing in MLB circles. 

As such, The Athletic’s MLB insider Ken Rosenthal rattled off several powerhouse teams who will likely be knocking on Cora’s door if he does choose to manage elsewhere next season. 

Speaking on Foul Territory, Rosenthal did stress that it’s not a foregone conclusion that Cora will leave Boston this offseason. Still, the market should be strong if Cora does field offers elsewhere.  

“First of all, I’m putting Boston on this list. I’m not ruling out that the Red Sox are not going to employ Alex Cora next year,” Cora said. “We can look at a number of teams that could have openings if things don’t go the way they want them to. And I’m talking about big teams. The Dodgers are one, the Yankees are another, the Cardinals are a third, and there are more as well. 

“It’s going to be really interesting to see what Alex Cora decides. He’s talked a lot about wanting to be with his family, his kids. Could he take a year off? Yeah, I think he could take a year off, or maybe even move into a front office role. But he’s going to be this year’s Craig Counsell, it certainly seems that way.”

Counsell, who established himself as one of the better managers in MLB during his time with the Brewers, hit the market last winter after his contract in Milwaukee expired. Less than a week later, he signed a deal with the Cubs for five years and $40 million, making him the highest-paid manager in Major League Baseball history, both in annual average value and total value.

Cora could be setting himself up for a sizable payday this offseason, even if Boston is currently treading water in the AL East with a 34-34 record. So far, Cora has not offered up much about his future or whether or not he feels like this will be his final year in Boston. 

“People might feel like I’m B.S.-ing, but I’m very comfortable where I’m at,” Cora told The Boston Globe during spring training. “I love where we’re at as a team. I love where we are going into the season. So that’s my only thing right now as far as what I’m supposed to do.

“At the end of day, things will take care of themselves. That’s how I see it. The family’s happy. I’m happy. I’m comfortable with everything that is going on. It feels normal. It doesn’t feel normal — it is normal.”

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