Don't get too excited just yet, Red Sox fans.
While it's been reported that Boston has all but officially announced Alex Cora as their new manager, the team might be running into a bit of an issue. It's been said Cora will be introduced as the Sox's new skipper after the ALCS, but let's not forget there are some other teams out there in need of a new boss.
One of those teams is the powerhouse Washington Nationals, who reportedly asked the Astros permission to speak with Cora after the ALCS.
Nats to ask Astros to speak to Alex Cora after ALCS per ML source. Once Offered player dev job after he played for Nats.— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) October 21, 2017
Trouble in Boston? I guess it depends who you ask.
Boston is certainly the more flashy destination, and Cora would be gifted with a young, talented and division-winning Red Sox team that figures to be intact for the foreseeable future. However, with that comes a lot of criticism from the media and perhaps too much national spotlight. Obviously, it depends what Cora prefers.
The Nationals also have a talented young roster that just won back-to-back division titles, but there's always the Bryce Harper free agency issue coupled with the fact that Washington doesn't pay or treat their managers well, as we've seen with their last few hirings and firings.
Whatever the case, Cora is in the midst of a playoff run with the Astros, who will take on the Yankees tonight in Game 7 of the ALCS to decide who will advance to the World Series.
This scenario is certainly worth keeping an eye on, as it could affect two of the best teams in baseball in a few short days/weeks.