Ten months after he left in shame, tied to a scandal with another organization, Alex Cora is returning to manage the Red Sox -- again.
On Friday morning, the team offered Cora his former job and were completing negotiations, a baseball source said. MLB Network's Jon Heyman was first with the news.
It's expected that the team will officially confirm his hiring at some point today, with a press conference likely at the beginning of next week.
The team had interviewed and considered a host of candidates for the position, but ultimately decided to return to Cora, who spent the 2020 season in exile after being suspended for the season for his involvement with a sign-stealing scandal with the Houston Astros in 2017. Cora had served as bench coach for the Astros and was found to be one of the architects of the scheme to relay signs to hitters by banging on dugout trash cans.
Cora's suspension ended when the 2020 World Series concluded and the Red Sox soon re-engaged with him about returning.
Among the other candidates considered for the job: Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Don Kelly; Miami Marlins bench coach James Rowson; New York Yankee coach Carlos Mendoza; and Philadelphia Phillies staffer SamFuld, who was the other finalist for the opening.