UPDATE (5:49 PM): Jordan Bastian is confirming Rosenthal’s report. Details “still being worked out”, but Terry Francona will manage the Indians next season.
UPDATE (5:43 PM): Paul Hoynes tweets that the Indians and Francona are discussing a four-year deal.
Tom Withers of the AP is hearing that there is “not a done deal”, but it would seem we’re moving in that direction.
(5:27 PM): According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, multiple sources are telling him that Terry Francona will indeed be named the next manager of the Cleveland Indians.
As of this writing, the Indians have not commented on Rosenthal’s report, and local beat writers are still working to confirm.
Francona was one of two finalists for the team’s managerial position. Sandy Alomar Jr. also interviewed with the front office on Thursday and may be considered for a number of MLB managerial vacancies now that the Indians job has been filled, including Francona’s last team, the Boston Red Sox.