CLEVELAND -- Money never came up.
Well it came up in the brief negotiations about his salary, but new Indians manager Terry Francona said he never asked if the Indians would commit to spending more money on players, or if the payroll would increase.
I dont want to say its none of my business, Francona said Monday morning at his introductory news conference. But that wasnt one of the questions. I dont need to be the GM or the owner.
What Francona wants to be is the guy who guides the team on the field.
And what he really wants is work with Indians president Mark Shapiro and GM Chris Antonetti.
I didnt come here to go to pasture, Francona said. I was either gonna work here or go back and work at ESPN (as an analyst). I came here because Im not afraid of a challenge, and (because of) the people here that Im doing it with.
Francona respects Shapiro and Antonetti so much that he said he knew he wanted the job the second he took Antonettis call about succeeding Manny Acta.
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