Cora Earns an Extension from Red Sox Brass
By Jason Mastrodonato
BOSTON -- Alex Cora was rewarded for his historic season as rookie manager of the Boston Red Sox with a new contract on Wednesday.
The Red Sox announced that they had negotiated a new deal that would extend Cora’s contract an extra year through 2021, while adding a club option for 2022.
Cora was originally signed to a three-year deal and was making just $800,000 per year, according to USA Today, which ranked him among the lowest-paid managers in the game. But after the Sox won the World Series and principal owner John Henry said Cora was “every bit as good as our best player,” it seemed inevitable that Cora would get a new deal.
Cora made it clear in the past that his priority was philanthropy. He said one of the only things he asked for in his original contract negotiations was that the Red Sox take a plane full of supplies to Puerto Rico, which was suffering after the effects of Hurricane Maria.
“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,” Cora said in a statement released Tuesday. “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.”
Henry was asked after the World Series if the Red Sox would renegotiate Cora’s deal but said he hadn’t thought about it yet.
Two weeks later, Cora has a new contract.
“We have consistently been impressed by Alex at every turn,” Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner said in a statement. “His knowledge of the game, ability to connect with our players, and his incredible instincts and decisiveness led us to an 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.”
President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski, who signed a five-year deal when he joined Boston in 2015, could also be of interest for the Red Sox this offseason. Unprompted, Henry mentioned taking care of Dombrowski when asked about player contracts during the World Series parade.