MLB Rumors: Indians’ Francona has “Out Clause”

Though signing what is reported to be a four-year contract with the Cleveland Indians, recently hired manager Terry Francona reportedly has an ‘out” clause that would allow him to leave the team in the event that team president Mark Shapiro and general manager Chris Antonetti are relieved of their duties.

Per ESPN’s Buster Olney:

Francona, during his introductory press conference, repeatedly stated that Shaprio and Antonetti — two men with which he forged a friendhship during his previous stint with the team — were two of the biggest reasons for his accepting of the job. As Olney penned earlier in the day, before his interview, Francona sent the Indians a 16-page breakdown of their team, their organization and what he sees in their future.

The team would not comment on Olney’s “out clause” report.

[Related: Francona Hire is a Coup, but if Chris Antonetti Can’t Find Pitching, it Won’t Matter]

  • Garry_Owen

    I have a bad feeling about this.

  • jraster

    It’s a trap!!!

  • Natedawg86

    Can we see this 16 page breakdown? It almost feels like a back to the future newspaper

  • matt underwood

    I’d get it out now if I were him… there is no way this ends well.

  • boomhauertjs

    Shapiro and Antonetti getting fired would give me incentive to stay, not leave, the job.

  • JK

    So Francona is Lando?

  • Garry_Owen

    Well, if Shapiro is Emperor Palpatine and Antonetti is Darth Vader (and come on, they are, aren’t they?), then I’m afraid Francona might be Grand Moff Tarkin. Let’s just say that I think the Dark Side is strong in all of this.
    I’d be thrilled if he was Lando. Hell, I’d even be happy if he was . . . Porkins.
    (Is my immature Star Wars obsession showing? I’ll try to be more modest in the future.)

  • Great, four more years of these clowns.

  • JK

    He can’t be Porkins. I was saying Lando because he’s pretending to be with the bad guys but he’s gonna come through & get us what we really want.. Which is our asses out of purgatory. But… you’re probably right. I’d hate to say he’s Tarkin, but I think that could fit really well. All this time we were lead to believe that New York is the evil empire.

  • deedee2die4

    How about a Wild CArd Division(s). Low attendance, low budget teams can compete for a one game wild card game after 120 or so games amongst themselves. A shortened season for the Tribe, Royals, Rays, As, Pirates, Mariners, Twins … Maybe they can play some Japanese and south of the border teams or all-star crews too.

  • ehsteve14

    If he was Lando, and he was working with the Empire, then I’d say that makes the fanbase Han Solo, because we’ll be frozen in anger.

  • architrance

    I’m actually, surprisingly, OK with this. Stability in the team’s regime hopefully can’t hurt. I mean, could things get much worse?

  • mgbode

    see Pirates, Pittsburgh

  • This has got to be a misprint. Surely the opt out clause should be if Shapiro and Antonetti stay, then he can leave. After all, they are 2/3 of the Indians problems, the other being Dolan.

  • Bob Ravida

    I think they need to get John Hart back in the organization.

  • gruvedaddy

    please, no.

  • gruvedaddy

    Wise this one is, yes, umm.

  • Dee P

    This started one of the funniest comment strings I have read in awhile. Well done.

  • Garry_Owen

    Well, I like the way you’re thinking. Lando it is (let’s hope).


    You are referencing Star Wars? Really? Bottom line, this team will blow as long as our Grandpa owner keeps buying us socks for Christmas rather than XBOX games and new cars. Dolan is sitting at home right now eating tapioca pudding and reviewing his phone bills long distance charges. This guy is a joke and too conservative to own this team. I’m sick of hearing about “Cleveland’s market”. Sack up and throw around some more coin moron. The return will be great in all aspects..