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Could Nationals derail Alex Cora going to Red Sox?

Rob Bradford
October 21, 2017 - 10:53 am

The Red Sox' managerial search might have hit a bump in the road Friday.

For one, Dave Dombrowski still wasn't able to make an official move on Alex Cora due to the Astros extending their American League Championship Series to a seventh game. While Cora has interviewed with the Red Sox, it has been understood that if a hiring is to be made, it wouldn't take place until after the Houston's bench coach's showdown with the Yankees.

But perhaps the more impactful event came in the form of the Nationals firing Dusty Baker.

According to the Boston Globe, Washington has already asked the Astros permission to talk to Cora about their managerial opening. And while many thought the 41-year-old was destined to join the Red Sox, the Nationals aren't representing just a random opportunity.

During his playing days, Cora's last team was Washington, where he played in 2011. This is what Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told when asked about Cora back in April, 2011:

"I think it comes natural to him to be a teacher," Rizzo said. "Alex still has a lot left in his tank as a player. But he has my number, and when he’s done playing, he can make a call. It will be well-received."

Dave Dombrowski told Friday that he was still "undecided" when it came to interviewing additional candidates outside of Cora and Brad Ausmus.