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The Cleveland Indians have hired former Red Sox manager Terry Francona, sources have told FOXSports.com. Francona, who led the Red Sox to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007, will replace Manny Acta. Cleveland finished this 68-94, fourth in the AL Central. Francona, 53, already worked as a special assistant for the Indians in 2001. Francona earned an average of $4 million per season in his final deal with the Boston Red Sox. In between his managing jobs with the Philadelphia Phillies and Red Sox, Francona assisted Indians club president Mark Shapiro when Shapiro was the team's GM in '01. What's more, Francona recently purchased a home in Arizona, where the Indians hold spring training. Both the Tigers and Marlins train in Florida. The Boston Red Sox declined to exercise the option on Francona's contract at the end of the 2011 season, leaving him without a managing job.
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