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5 MLB Teams Terry Francona Could Turn into Instant Contenders in 2013

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5 MLB Teams Terry Francona Could Turn into Instant Contenders in 2013
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As the season comes to a close, managerial firings are just around the corner for under-performing teams who were expected to contend this season and are looking to right the ship next season.

Assuming Tony LaRussa and Joe Torre stay in their current roles, former Red Sox manager and current ESPN announcer Terry Francona represents perhaps the best managerial option on the market, should he decide to return to the dugout.

He interviewed for the Cardinals job last season, so there is a good chance he is interested in managing again in the right situation. Here are five teams that could make sense for Francona, as his addition could make them immediate contenders.

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