Report: Francona to interview with Cardinals Thursday

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Report: Francona to interview with Cardinals Thursday

Terry Francona and the Boston Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2004 World Series, ending the 86-year-old drought.

Now, Francona could very well manage the team he beat to end that curse, as he will interview for the managerial position with the Cardinals on Thursday.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals will begin their managerial interviews Thursday with Francona, the first of what they hope is a ten-day search for the successor to Tony LaRussa, who announced his retirement earlier this week.

There are "less than 10" candidates for the Cardinals managerial position, according to the report.

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.