Alex Cora Admits Harsh Truth After Brayan Bello Extension

This offseason has been one to forget in Boston, but the Bello extension brings a rare smile to those in the clubhouse.
Mar 3, 2024; Fort Myers, Florida, USA; Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora before the game against the
Mar 3, 2024; Fort Myers, Florida, USA; Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora before the game against the / Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports

It has been a tumultuous offseason for the Boston Red Sox that had fans preparing for the worst in 2024. What started with a positive message from ownership about going "full-throttle" has turned into internal turmoil leaking out to the public.

The news of newly acquired Lucas Giolito having to miss the season just about killed any hopes of competing in 2024. But a glimpse of good has made its way to the light.

The Red Sox agreed to a deal with budding star pitcher Brayan Bello to keep him in Boston through the decade. Bello is a 24-year-old prodigy the Red Sox have been grooming and preparing to help the major league club. He debuted in July of 2022 and made 39 starts for the Red Sox in 2023.

While the numbers do not directly show it, the Red Sox have high hopes for Bello and have now shown it financially. Bello's teammates have been vocal in supporting him and his talents, and the last few days have been the happiest of camp thus far. But don't take it from me; take it from manager Alex Cora.

Cora Says It "Feels Great" To Talk About Something Positive

Cora is in the last year of his deal as the manager of the Red Sox. The start of 2024 has been rocky for him from ownership and negative commentary from those around him. But there has been nothing but good vibes about the Bello extension, which Cora has more than welcomed.

The Bello move is definitely one the Red Sox made with the future in mind. However, it is unknown if Cora is part of that future.

He will be managing somewhere; it may just not be in Boston. This year may be challenging, but let's see if the Red Sox can do enough to keep mutual interest in Cora returning in 2025.

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