With Terry Francona, Indians' window stays open through 2022

Baseball null The Cleveland Indians on Wednesday signed Terry Francona to a two-year contract extension that runs through 2022, a move that should leave an uneasy fan base with one comforting takeaway: With Francona on board as manager, the Indians' playoff wi夜网论坛ndow will stay open.  That will not alleviate all the uneasy feelings after an offseason in which the Indians trimmed their payroll and a future that already has a countdown clock for star shortstop Francisco Lindor's pending free agency in 2022. Edwin Encarnacion, Michael Brantley, Andrew Miller and Cody Allen — key pieces from the last few AL Central runs — are gone.   MORE:  Watch 'ChangeUp,' a new live whiparound show on DAZNThere are still three seasons to be played before 2022, and it's best that Francona and the Indians take advantage of that window, which is still wide open.   That starts with Francona, the best active manager in the American League. He leads AL managers with 1,576 wins and will lead all active managers when San Francisco's Bruce Bochy, who has 1,928 wins and three World Series championships, retires after this season. Francona and Bochy are the only active managers with multiple World Series championships. Francona broke the curse with Boston in 2004 and won another one in 2007.  He's still the best person to attempt to break a World Series[......]

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