Red Sox Exercise Option on Manager Alex Cora’s Contract to Keep Him Through 2024

Former Red Sox manager Alex Cora in 2018
Former Red Sox manager Alex Cora in 2018. Photo by Frank Micelotta/REX/Shutterstock

Alex Cora will remain the manager of the Boston Red Sox for at least three more years. This comes after the franchise decided to exercise the club option on Cora’s contract for the 2023 and 2024 MLB seasons. The news was confirmed on the Red Sox’s official social media on Monday.

The Red Sox decided to keep Cora around for the long term after a successful outing in the 2021 MLB season. Despite not being given much chance to compete, Boston managed to finish the regular season with a 92-70 record and then embark on an impressive playoffs run. They got all the way to AL Championship Series before being eliminated by the Houston Astros in six games.

“I am beyond grateful for this opportunity to manage the Red Sox,” Cora said in a statement after the news became official. “We experienced so many special moments as a team and as a city in 2021, but we still have unfinished business to take care of.”

Alex Cora took over the managerial duties for the Red Sox ahead of the 2018 MLB season and immediately led the team to a World Series title. He also broke the franchise record for the most regular-season wins with 108 in the same year. Cora followed that up with another winning season (84-78) in 2019, but Boston failed to make the playoffs.

Cora left Boston ahead of the 2020 season after it became obvious that he will be suspended by MLB for his role in the Astros sign-stealing scandal. However, the Red Sox opted to hire Cora again just one year later following a last place in the AL East under his replacement Ron Roenicke.