Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 10/9/12

Though signing what is reported to be a four-year contract with the Cleveland Indians, recently hired manager Terry Francona reportedly has an ‘out” clause that would allow him to leave the team in the event that team president Mark Shapiro and general manager Chris Antonetti are relieved of their duties.

Per ESPN’s Buster Olney:

Terry Francona has out clauses in his contract in the event that the people he works for are dismissed.

— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) October 8, 2012

Francona, during his introductory press conference, repeatedly stated that Shaprio and Antonetti — two men with which he forged a friendhship during his previous stint with the team — were two of the biggest reasons for his accepting of the job. As Olney penned earlier in the day, before his interview, Francona sent the Indians a 16-page breakdown of their team, their organization and what he sees in their future.

The team would not comment on Olney’s “out clause” report.

[Related: Francona Hire is a Coup, but if Chris Antonetti Can’t Find Pitching, it Won’t Matter]

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