Francona, who led Boston to two
World Series titles, was offered the job on Saturday, a person with
knowledge of the team's search told the Associated Press. The person
spoke on condition of anonymity because the sides have not yet reached
agreement on a deal.
Francona interviewed on Friday,
one day after the club met with interim manager Sandy Alomar Jr.
Francona previously worked as an adviser in Cleveland's front office.
FOXSports.com was the first to report Francona will take the Indians' job.
Francona said there was a "family feeling" when he met with the Indians. His father, Tito, played for Cleveland from 1959-64.