The Red Sox will name Astros bench coach Alex Cora as their team's new manager once Houston's season is over, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, citing sources.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported that Cora's position will be finalized once the contract is negotiated.
The Mets interviewed Cora earlier this week.
The Astros currently are tied with the Yankees heading into the final game of a best-of-seven American League Championship Series.
Cora had been considered the frontrunner in Boston by local and national reporters after he interviewed with Sox VP Dave Dombrowski this past weekend in New York.
Boston also reportedly interviewed Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and D-backs bench coach and former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire on Wednesday, after which reports indicated a second round of interviews could begin next week.
Matthew Cerrone: As I said last night, if Cora lands in Boston, my hunch is the Mets will eventually hire Kevin Long.
Boston's second choice, Ausmus, declined to interview with the Mets. I suppose he could come back to New York once he realizes that his dream job just went to Cora. But, for now, the rumor in baseball is that - if he didn't get the Red Sox gig - he'd sit out a year. Frankly, I never got the sense Sandy Alderson was crazy about Ausmus anyway, though that is based on pure speculation.
If the above is all accurate, based on reports the process of elimination, it likely means Alderson's next manager will be either Long, Mickey Callaway or Joe McEwing.
In the end, out of these rookies, I just think Alderson will pick the person with whom he already has an existing, working relationship. I'm intrigued by Callaway and McEwing, but I'm equally intrigued by Long. If Kevin is the next great baseball manager, it has to start some place. And, it may as well start with the Mets...