Terry Francona is a candidate for the Cleveland Indians' managerial opening, according to major-league sources.
The biggest question is whether he will want the job.
Sources say that Francona, 53, already has had preliminary contact with the Indians, the team for whom he worked as a special assistant in 2001.
The Indians fired Manny Acta on Thursday and replaced him with interim manager Sandy Alomar, Jr., who also will be a candidate for the permanent position.
Meanwhile, Francona is unlikely to get the job that friends say he coveted most if an opening occurred -- the Los Angeles Angels'.
What is not known: Whether the Indians could pay Francona a large enough salary to persuade him to leave his job as an analyst for ESPN.
Francona, 53, earned an average of $4 million per season in his final deal with the Boston Red Sox.
Ideally, he might prefer to join a team that is closer to contention than the Indians. On the other hand, such an opportunity might not come available this ...