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Terry Francona hired as Indians manager, hopes to keep Sandy Alomar on staff

Terry Francona will be named manager of the Cleveland Indians on Monday, and he hopes to add the man he replaces on his staff.

Sandy Alomar Jr. took over as interim manager when Manny Acta was fired and was reportedly a candidate to get the job on a permanent basis before the team hired Francona. Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that both the front office and Francona hope that Alomar accepts a position on Francona's managerial staff. Hoynes didn't indicate which position they hoped Alomar would fill. Alomar was the team's bench coach on Acta's staff.

Hoynes also reported that Francona will sign a 4-year contract.

Francona, who comes from a big market team with a huge budget in Boston, said via Jordan Bastian of MLB.com that he's not worried about the payroll differences between Boston and Cleveland. "I'm looking to maybe get back to coaching and ... trying to impact young players," he said.

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