McAdam: Cleveland job "not a good one" for Francona

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McAdam: Cleveland job "not a good one" for Francona

On Saturday, the Indians announced that Terry Francona would take over as their new manager.

Sean McAdam weighed in on the hiring, saying, "On the face of it, the Indians job is not a great one."

The Cleveland market has been hit hard with poor attendance, a smaller budget than Francona is used to, and a number of other challenges.

But at the end of the day, there were two good reasons for Francona to join the Indians.

First, Francona is comfortable with the Cleveland franchise, having worked there earlier in his career. He's familiar with the market, the staff and the expectations.

Second, after being on the receiving end of some painful personal rumors following his firing in Boston, this offers a good opportunity for Francona to re-build his image.

Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

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Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.

Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.

In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal. 

Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016. 

The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.

More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.