Indians & Terry Francona agree to contract extension

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CLEVELAND – The Indians and manager Terry Francona agreed to a two year contract extension. The team announced the news Tuesday morning. The deal includes club options for 2019 and 2020.

The 55-year-old Francona has kept the Indians above the .500 mark in each season he has led them at Progressive Field. It’s the first time since 2000-2001 that has happened. His mark is 177-147 (.546) over the two year tenure.

In 2013, Cleveland reached the post season, dropping a decision to the Tampa Bay Rays in the Wild Card game.

Francona has a 14 year managerial record of 1206-1062, the fourth most wins among active managers. He led the Boston Red Sox to a pair of World Series titles in 2004 and 2007.

The former Indians player began his managerial career with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1997.

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