Where things stand between Alex Cora, Red Sox

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

UPDATE: Luis Urueta has since been eliminated from contention, according to MassLive's Chris Cotillo.

The Red Sox are now the last team in baseball left to hire a manager. Could that change soon?

Since his firing last spring, the popular rumor has been Alex Cora and the Red Sox would be reunited once his suspension ended. With the World Series coming to an end earlier this week, Cora is now officially on the market, and the Red Sox have in fact come calling.

According to Alex Speier of the Boston  Globe, "the Red Sox have been in contact with former manager Alex Cora multiple times since Tuesday." Speier goes on to say that Cora is "extremely popular with many members of the organization at the ownership, front office, and player levels."

However, the hiring will be up to Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom. Bloom was brought in to replace Dave Dombrowski just months before Cora was let go. Throughout the offseason, Bloom has deflected questions about Cora, and the speculation is he could pass on the 2018 World Series winner for somebody he is more familiar with professionally.

Among those also being considered are Yankees bench coach Carlos Mendoza, Cubs third base coach Will Venable, and Diamondbacks bench coach Luis Urueta, who interviewed for the job last spring before ultimately losing out to Ron Roenicke.

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