2. Los Angeles Dodgers
Dave Roberts is holding the Los Angeles Dodgers back. Despite winning 317 games in the last three regular seasons, Roberts' Dodgers have failed to reach the World Series in any of them, and have crashed out of the playoffs in the first round the last two seasons, winning only a single game in those two series.
Cora played seven seasons with the Dodgers, so there is familiarity there. The Dodgers roster reads like a video game lineup, so the possibility of managing that team would have to be mouth watering. Cora would also have the opportunity to reunite with former Red Sox superstar Mookie Betts, whom the Boston manager has continued to heap praise on even after his departure.
The Dodgers have never been shy on spending money (see Ohtani, Shohei), so they are undoubtedly capable of shelling out Counsell-esque money for Cora.
It would be hard to imagine this as a make-or-break factor, but Cora was the bench coach for the Houston Astros when they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2017 World Series, a championship that came under scrutiny due to the Astros' sign stealing scandal. Cora eventually apologized to ex-Dodgers on the Red Sox for his role.
If regular season success fails to translate to postseason success again in 2024, don't be surprised if the Dodgers swap out one former Red Sox turned manager for another. Roberts can't hold onto his 2020 extended spring training World Series for too much longer.