Even given the awful end to the season for the Boston Red Sox, the rumored departure of Francona is a stunner. Francona had a real case as the American League Manager of the Year as little as 10 days ago, and did a fine job of managing even as injuries and underachievement fueled a Red Sox collapse for the ages.
Now, though, everything is in chaos in Beantown, and the surprise moves could cascade from here. A number of other shocks could be in store for Boston fans this winter, because clearly, the Red Sox front office has some major changes in mind. Here are 10 moves that could catch everyone off their guard over the next few months.