Carrabis On WFAN: 1-Year Suspension For Alex Cora Would Be Fair

Barstool Writer Says Ban Shouldn't Exceed AJ Hinch's Punishment

Joe & Evan
February 12, 2020 - 5:34 pm

The Boston Red Sox have named Ron Roenicke interim manager for the 2020 season, filling the vacancy left by former manager Alex Cora who parted ways with the organization in January. 

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Cora was implicated in MLB's report regarding the sign-stealing scandal surrounding the Houston Astros. He has yet to receive any form of punishment from MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred in wake of the league's investigation into the Astros.

MLB, however, is still in the midst of its investigation of the Red Sox for allegedly using technology to steal signs. Cora was the mutual link between both organizations and is expected to face a "harsh" punishment, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan.

On Wednesday, WFAN's Joe Benigno questioned the Red Sox decision to use the interim tag instead of tabbing Roenicke the full-time skipper. Barstool Sports' Red Sox writer Jared Carrabis, who joined Benigno and Evan Roberts, played out a scenario Benigno and Evan Roberts where he believes Roenicke was named the interim manager due to Cora's eventual return. 

"That means when the report comes out that fully exonerates the 2018 Red Sox that my manager Alex Cora will be returning to Boston ... after he serves his suspension," Carrabis said. 

Alongside Cora, outfielder Carlos Beltran, manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were named in the investigative report. MLB issued a one-year ban to Hinch and Luhnow before the Astros fired the pair. Beltran was fired from his managerial job in New York, in what the Mets described as a "parting of ways."

Carrabis doesn't believe Cora's or Beltran's actions in Houston should impact their fate with another organization, but understands if Cora receives a similar length in punishment to Hinch's one-year suspension.

"If Alex Cora gets a one-year ban then so be it," Carrabis said. "I think that's fair. Double is way too extreme. If you read the Wall Street Journal's report, the Astros started in 2016 and they were doing it through 2018. That's all AJ Hinch. Alex Cora in 2016 was at ESPN and in 2018 he was beating (Houston's) a** in the ALCS. I don't understand if AJ Hinch gets suspended for three years worth of cheating and Alex Cora was there for one year, why their penalty wouldn't just be the same?"

The Red Sox will have a different look next season sans Cora.

Boston will be without star outfielder Mookie Betts, who was formally introduced as the newest Dodger Tuesday afternoon. The Mets were reportedly involved in discussions to acquire Betts before Boston traded the 27-year-old to Los Angeles. 

The price included Jeff McNeil, who was integral to the deal, according to The New York Post's Joel Sherman. Betts is an unrestricted free agent following the 2020 season, and Carrabis expects a homecoming. 

"I'm not ruling out the possibility that the Red Sox could end up signing Mookie Betts as a free agent after next year," Carrabis said. "Because of this trade, they've gone under the luxury tax so it resets. ... I believe that because now that the Red Sox have reset — they're not in danger of any penalties here — there is no reason why the Red Sox can't pay him what he's asking for."

Click the audio player above to listen to Carrabis' interview in its entirety