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Alex Cora agrees to contract extension with Red Sox

Rob Bradford
November 14, 2018 - 6:16 pm

The Red Sox and Alex Cora have come to an agreement on a contract extension that will commit to the manager through the 2021 season with a team option for 2022. It adds one year to Cora's original contract with an undisclosed in salary. In his first year with the Red Sox Cora was the lowest paid manager in Major League Baseball, making $800,000.

"We have consistently been impressed by Alex at every turn,” said Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner in a press release. “His knowledge of the game, ability to connect with our players and his incredible instincts and decisiveness led us to a historic championship season. We know we are in good hands, and could not be more pleased to know he will be with us for the foreseeable future.”

“Alex did a tremendous job for our club all year long and we wanted to reward him for his efforts after an amazing season,” president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said. “We are extremely happy that he will be with us and leading our club on the field.”

“Since day one, John and Linda Henry, Tom Werner, Mike Gordon, Sam Kennedy, and Dave Dombrowski have been incredibly supportive of me and my family, and for that I am extremely grateful,” said Cora, who was named the 47th manager in Red Sox history on October 22, 2017. “For me, 2018 was not only historic, but it was special as well, both on and off the field. We have a great appreciation for our accomplishments this past year, but now our focus moves forward to the season ahead and defending our World Series title.”

Cora, who finished second in the American League Manager of the Year balloting, won 108 regular season games in his managerial debut before going on to claim the World Series title.