Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – On a day of celebration for the Indians with the introduction of new manager Terry Francona, there’s now question marks about a tweet that was posted by ESPN’s Buster Onley.
The tweet, put out about 8pm, stated that Francona has an “out clause” in his new four-year deal with the Tribe if members of the front office are dismissed.
The tweet simply states:
Terry Francona has out clauses in his contract in the event that the people he works for are dismissed.
It’s no secret the relationship that Francona has with Indians GM Chris Antonetti as well as team President Mark Shapiro, and the “out clause” likely was put in place so Francona has an out if Antonetti and/or Shaprio are fired.
Francona stated during his press conference on Monday that he has no intentions of just coming into Cleveland to earn a paycheck and not give it his all as the new skipper.
“I don’t want to be a rental manager,” he said. “I didn’t want to come in worried. I want to be part of the solution. I want to stick around. I didn’t come here to go to pasture.”
He also spoke more than once about his glowing relationship of over a decade with the two front office men of the Indians, Antonetti and Shapiro, and how the relationship was the main reason he was coming to manage the Indians.
“There’s two main reasons I’m here today — Chris Antonetti and Mark Shapiro,” Francona said. “We’ve kept in touch for the last 12 years. I value not only their friendship but their guidance and their leadership. I know we have challenges ahead of us but I look forward to us tackling these challenges as a unit, as a ‘we.’ I’m genuinely excited to do that.”
The clause is interesting to say the least, but as it states, it’s protection in case the two men that Francona is closest to are no longer running the show in the city he is managing in.