Terry Francona is out as manager of the Boston Red Sox and that is too bad. He is arguably the best manager in baseball and now he's no longer part of the Boston Red Sox.
Hindsight says this was inevitable. Francona had two options - for 2012 and 2013. The fact that the team did not pick those options up (or at least the 2012 one) in spring training was a sign from Theo Epstein and management that Francona was managing for his job. If he was to stay Francona would have been placed in the same situation next year. That sort of treatment from management must get weary on the spirit. Who can blame Francona if he had enough? Francona will immediately walk into a situation where he will be paid more and be given more job security than at the club for whom he won 2 World Series in the past 8 years.
Think about that for a minute.
Matt Albers, Carl Crawford, Bobby Jenks, Andrew Miller, Hideki Okajima, Denny Reyes and Jason Varitek - those were the 2011 free agent signings that Theo Epstein gave to Francona to work with this season. Prior to that the players included the likes of John Lackey, Edgar Renteria, JD Drew, and Julio Lugo. Yet it is Francona that is without a job today.
If the Red Sox were smart they would fire Theo and bring back John Farrell to be the GM.