CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Indians have picked their next manager. All Terry Francona has to do is sign the contract.
A person familiar with the decision said Cleveland has selected Francona, who won two World Series titles with Boston, to take over a team that collapsed in the second half this season after a promising first four months.
The 53-year-old Francona was offered the Indians' job on Saturday, the person told the Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because the sides were still trying to finalize a deal. Francona likely will be introduced at a news conference on Monday.
Francona interviewed with the Indians on Friday, one day after interim manager Sandy Alomar Jr. tried to convince Cleveland's front office that he was ready to take over the club permanently. Alomar managed the Indians to a 3-3 record after Manny Act was fired on Sept. 27.
Francona's impressive resume won over the Indians along with the fact that he had previously worked with the club as an a...