Former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona spent Tuesday interviewing for the vacant managerial job of the reigning World Series champion Cardinals.
Francona interviewed with
Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. in
"We just had a dialogue,"
Francona told reporters before flying back to
Francona said he was given neither any guarantees nor a timeline on when the Cards fill the job. They also have one other major job still to complete, as well: attempting to re-sign slugger Albert Pujols, who is a free agent.
Francona was the fourth
candidate to interview the job, following Mike Matheny, Chris Maloney and Joe McEwing. Two others Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg and Jose Oquendo, interviewed
Wednesday. The Cardinals hope to have a manager hired before next week's general
manager's meetings in
"I was just excited to go back in there and talk to them," Francona said of his interview. "Whatever happens, happens. I'm not going anywhere."
Francona has spent 12 years as a big league manager, first for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1997-2000 and from 2004-2011 with the Red Sox, for whom he helped win two World Series (2004, 2007).
Bob Forsch, the former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher who threw two no-hitters and just recently threw out the first pitch of Game 7 of the World Series, died Thursday night.
Forsch, 61, collapsed at
his home in
He was the third-winningest pitcher in Cardinals history with 163 victories in 15 seasons. Forsch was the only pitcher in the team's history to throw two no-hitters, tossing one in 1978 against the Philadelphia Phillies and another in 1983 against the Montreal Expos.
He pitched for three World Series teams during the Cardinals' run under manager Whitey Herzog in the 1980s—1982, '85 and '87.
Forsch went 20-7 with a 3.48 ERA in 1977, his only 20-win season. He won at least 10 games 11 times.
He worked the last few seasons for the Cincinnati Reds as a minor-league pitching coach.
SS Rafael Furcal's and RHP Octavio Dotel's contract options were declined, but the Cardinals maintain interest in re-signing both. Furcal stabilized the infield defense although his on-base percentage as a leadoff man was poor. Dotel pitched well in all manner of relief roles.
RHP Edwin Jackson is a free agent, and the Cardinals probably won't be able to offer him a long-term contract with five starters already under contract in RHPs Adam Wainwright, Chris Carpenter, Kyle Lohse and Jake Westbrook and LHP Jaime Garcia.
C Yadier Molina won a fourth straight Rawlings Gold Glove for defensive excellence, breaking a tie for the most among Cardinals catchers. Mike Matheny, Molina's mentor, had three in the previous decade, as did Tom Pagnozzi in the 1990s.
2B Skip Schumaker and RHP Kyle McClellan both are arbitration-eligible and might not be back. McClellan, especially, might fall through the cracks with the rotation set and a preponderance of younger right-handed relievers on the roster.
RHP Jason Motte, after seven other pitchers had recorded saves, finally nailed down the closer's role, knocking off nine saves from Aug. 28 on. In the meantime, Motte set the club record for appearances by a right-hander with 78.
BY THE NUMBERS: 34-16 - Cardinals' record from Aug. 25 to end the of the World Series.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's time to end it."
- Manager Tony La Russa, on retiring after 16 seasons as Cardinals manager.
The Cardinals are coming off a World Series title, but general manager John Mozeliak realizes the big turnaround in the season came in late July and early August when the club changed 20 percent of its roster with five additions. There will be no standing pat, and that trend began three days after the World Series ended when manager Tony La Russa retired after 16 seasons.
The top priority, after naming a manager, is re-signing 1B Albert Pujols, the cream of the free agent class. Secondarily, the Cardinals need to address their shortstop-second base situation, which finished with Rafael Furcal, whose option was not picked up, at short and Skip Schumaker, who is arbitration-eligible, at second. Mozeliak has indicated interest in Furcal but at a much lower figure than $12 million. Schumaker, a converted outfielder, has improved at second base, but the Cardinals might not want to pay to keep both.
Every effort will be made
to re-sign Pujols. Furcal and Dotel command interest by the Cardinals, but they
won't be able to give
2B/OF Skip Schumaker, RHP Kyle McClellan. INF Ryan Theriot.
All, in theory, could be non-tendered. McClellan is the most likely to dealt. Either Schumaker or Theriot won't be back, and possibly both.
RHP Kyle McClellan, who moved back
to the bullpen when
RHP Adam Wainwright is
expected to go to Jupiter,
LF Matt Holliday might need his right hand, injured twice late in the season, attended to.