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Hoynes: Indians and Francona Close to Signing Contract

Paul Hoynes reports that the Indians and Francona are negotiating a four-year contract.

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- It's believed the Indians are close to signing Terry Francona to a four-year contract to be their manager.

How close?

Sandy Alomar Jr., Francona's only competition for the job, told The Plain Dealer that the Indians informed him Saturday that Francona will be their new manager.