It's official now - Alex Cora will be the next Boston Red Sox manager. The team and Cora have agreee on a three-year deal with a club option for a fourth year.

There will not be any press conference for a few days. Cora is bench coach for the Houston Astros and the take on the LA Dodgers in the World Series starting Tuesday night.

But Cora and the Sox have a deal and when the Fall Classic ends, he will be the 47th Red Sox manager.

"I am extremely honored and humbled to be named manager of the Boston Red Sox and I want to thank Dave, John Henry, Tom Werner, and Sam Kennedy for giving me such a tremendous opportunity, Returning to the Red Sox and the city of Boston is a dream come true for me and my family and I look forward to working towards the ultimate goal of winning another championship for this city and its great fans.

"At the same time, I want to express my appreciation for Jim Crane, Jeff Luhnow, A.J. Hinch, and the entire Houston Astros organization for giving me the chance to start my coaching career. It has been a very special season and an incredible organization to be a part of and I am looking forward to the World Series and winning with this group."  - Red Sox Press Release

Cora  is 41-years-old and is a former Red Sox infielder from 2005-2008. He has spent time as a GM and manager in the winter leagues in Puerto Rico. Cora also spent four years working as an analyst for ESPN including calling the Senior League World Series championship game at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor (below)...

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