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St. Louis Cardinals Interview Terry Francona For Cardinals Manager Position

The Boston sports radio station WEEI is reporting the St. Louis Cardinals have brought in former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona in to interview for the open 2012 Cardinals manager position:

According to a major league source, former Red Sox manager Terry Francona is scheduled to interview for the St. Louis Cardinals' vacant managerial position Tuesday.

Long-time manager Tony La Russa retired last week following the Cardinals' wild World Series win, beginning what promises to be an interesting Cardinals off-season.

Among the Cardinal's objectives over the next few months, they must acquire a new manager, and they need to deal with Albert Pujols and their first base situation -- as well as sort through some of their smaller free agency departure such as Rafael Furcal.

Last week, former Cardinals infielder David Eckstein suggested that Pujols would return to St. Louis if the team made current third base coach Jose Oquendo the new manager, but it appears the major impasse with the Cardinals-Pujols negotiations involves the dollar amount, not the manager personnel.

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