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McAdam: The case for — and against — rehiring Alex Cora

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The end of the 2020 World Series late Tuesday night also signaled the end of Alex Cora's exile from Major League Baseball. Cora's suspension, handed down last April, officially expired soon after the Tampa Bay Rays championship dreams did.

Cora is now free again to pursue jobs in baseball, and it's likely there will be several teams with an interest. One may even by the Red Sox, for whom Cora served as manager for two seasons.

Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom artfully dodged questions about a return engagement with Cora after the club announced that Ron Roenicke would not be returning, saying he wouldn't be saying anything about Cora that he hadn't already said to Cora.

At the time, Roenicke was forbidden from discussing the Red Sox opening or anything else regarding his potential future employment. Now, that restriction has been limited.

Could Cora return to the Red Sox dugout? Sure.

Will he? That much is far from certain.