A historic collapse and an unimaginable end to the season were certainly sour notes for Terry Francona to go out on, but Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino believes that even if the Sox had made the playoffs, the manager would have moved on.
"I'm not sure — I think the same process would unfold," Lucchino told John Dennis and Gerry Callahan on The Dennis and Callahan Show on Friday when asked if ownership would have picked up Francona's option had the team made the playoffs.
Principal owner John Henry also commented on Francona's departure, saying ownership never really had a chance to make it a mutual decision.
"Would we have ended up in the same place that [Francona] ended up? Based on the things that we heard and the things that we saw, there's a strong likelihood that we would have," Henry said. "So you could say it was mutual."
Watch Lucchino and Henry discuss Francona in the video above.