According to Jon Heyman, sources told him on Saturday that the Diamondbacks have secured an interview with former major league infielder Alex Cora for their vacant managerial job.
The D-Back’s recently hired GM Mike Hazen has some connections with Cora which is why he may be a strong candidate. Hazel was an executive for both the Indians and the Red Sox when Cora played for both ball clubs. Hazel was Cleveland’s assistant director of player development, and in Boston he rose up to the position of general manager.
Cora currently serves as an analyst on ESPN and has interviewed for a number of jobs in the past. Cora played in the majors as a utility infielder for 14 seasons. Throughout his 14 year career, he played for the Dodgers, Red Sox, Mets, Rangers, Nationals, and Indians. He hit to an average of .243 in his long career.
The Diamondbacks finished with a record of 69-93 last season. This marks the second time in the last three years the Diamondbacks have won less than 70 games. Arizona hasn’t had a winning season or made the playoffs since 2011.