Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora said definitively on Wednesday he will be back with the team next year but didn’t say in what position or even how he could be so sure.

Asked before the home finale against Tampa Bay if he was confident his job was secure, Cora said, “I’m good. I’ll be here.” Asked if he had been given a guarantee from ownership that he was safe, Cora twice repeated: “I'll be here next year.”

Boston fired Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom this month after they fell into AL basement headed to their third last-place finish in his four seasons. A new baseball boss presumably would want some say in the manager.

Cora, who has a year left on his contract, also has mentioned his desire to work in a front office, so his return could be in some other position.

Red Sox President Sam Kennedy did not immediately respond to an email seeking clarification on Cora's role in 2024.

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