Indians sign manager Francona to 2-year extension

Nov 4, 2014 9:56 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Indians have signed manager Terry Francona to a two-year contract extension through 2018.

The deal announced Tuesday includes club options for the 2019 and 2020 seasons. Francona's previous contract was set to expire in 2016.

The 55-year-old Francona, who won two World Series titles with Boston, has led Cleveland to consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 2000-01. The Indians have gone 177-147 under Francona, and they made the playoffs in 2013 as a wild-card team.

Francona was able to keep the Indians in the playoff hunt for most of this season despite injuries and subpar performances by several key players.

Since 2004, Francona's teams have posted 10 consecutive winning seasons. Francona has endeared himself to his players with his openness and honesty, and the man known as "Tito" has become popular with Cleveland fans.

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