Tribe skipper also has team options for 2019, 2020
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Cleveland Indians fans received some great news Tuesday morning. The club signed managerTerry Francona
to a two-year contract extension, keeping the scooter-riding genius in the Tribe dugout through 2018. The deal also includes club options for the 2019 and 2020 seasons, which will almost surely be picked up barring health issues or a zombie apocalypse.
Francona came to Cleveland in 2013 after a successful stint in Boston, where he lead the Red Sox to two World Series titles in his eight years there. The Indians went 92-70 in his first year at the helm and made their first playoff appearance since 2007. Francona won the 2013 AL Manager of the Year award as well.
2014 wasn’t quite as successful as his first year in Cleveland, but it was hardly a failure. The team failed to make a repeat appearance in the playoffs, but had a solid record of 85-77, the first back-to-back above .500 seasons we’ve seen in Cleveland since 2000-2001. The team has an AL Cy Young front-runner in Corey Kluber, one of the most legitimate AL MVP candidates not named after a fish in Michael Brantley, and a core of young pitchers that put up some of the best numbers in the league in the second half of the season.
The future is bright at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario.