BOSTON — Terry Francona, who managed the Red Sox to their first World Series title in 86 years then added a second championship three years later, is out as Red Sox manager, a move that is being made official in a meeting with Red Sox officials Friday morning, a baseball source said.
Francona’s multi-year deal, signed as part of a contract extension in 2008, is done with the Red Sox holding two option years on his contract for 2012 and 2013. The Red Sox will not pick those option years up and instead will pay him the $750,000 buyout rather than the $4.25 million due for 2012 and $4.5 million for 2013. CSN.com
This is all John Lackey’s fault……and Dice-K’s…..and Beckett….and Crawford……and Wakefield’s 200th win…..and Neil Diamond