A year ago, Alex Cora didn't have a whole lot of contractual leverage. When he signed a three-year deal, Cora was paid an entry-level salary for a first-time manager, with the contract totaling $3 million.
That included an $800,000 salary for his first season, a figure that seemed shockingly low for a major league manager, but in actuality, was in keeping with others around the game. Other first-year managers like Gabe Kapler and Mickey Callaway received similar deals.
But last week, the day after Cora lost out to Bob Melvin as AL Manager of the Year, the Red Sox stepped in and re-worked his deal. And overnight, Cora went from one of the game's lowest-paid managers to the upper third.
According to an industry source with knowledge of the deal,