Heyman | Cora offered and expected to take Red Sox job

WEST PALM BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 18: Houston Astros Bench Coach Alex Cora (26) hits the ball during a Houston Astros spring training workout at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Florida on February 18, 2017. (Photo by Doug Murray/Icon Sportswire)

Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora, who’s been linked to four teams with managerial openings, has been offered the Boston Red Sox managing job, and assuming a contract is completed is expected to be named Boston’s manager as soon as Houston’s season is over, which could be as early as Saturday night following Game 7 of their American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees.

Cora, who also drew interest from the Detriot Tigers, Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets, seemed to be Boston’s first choice from the start, as Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported.

The Red Sox also interviewed former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, who was just hired to fill Ausmus’ old job in Detroit.

Cora, a beloved former major-league player for 13 seasons, previously interviewed in about a half-dozen places for manager, but seems to be the hottest candidate this year. Cora has received raves for the job he’s doing in Houston.

Cora played for the Red Sox as well as the Mets and Tigers. The Phillies are the fourth team to show interest in him.

The Washington Nationals’ managerial opening just occurred, but it isn’t known where their focus is yet.

LasMayores.com first reported that Cora was expected to be the Red Sox manager. Boston won its second consecutive American League East title this past season, but was once again bounced in the ALDS, after which manager John Farrell was fired.