The Astros and Yankees play Game 7 of their ALCS tonight at Minute Maid Park.
Cora would take over for John Farrell who was sacked after back-to-back division titles. Should the Astros advance to the World Series, the Red Sox will have to wait another week-plus to officially tab Cora. Newly named Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire and Detroit predecessor Brad Ausmus also drew consideration for the job.
Despite multiple reports surfacing on Saturday that Cora has already been offered the job and that the decision would be announced after the Astros' postseason run, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski did not respond for comment - unusual for him. But one other team is hoping to change that.
From a talent standpoint, Cora will enter an enviable situation in Boston, which won its second straight AL East title in 2017 before falling to Cora's Astros in a four-game American League Division Series.
According to The Athletic, Cora's deal with the Red Sox will be for three years.
Cora, a beloved former major-league player for 13 seasons, previously interviewed in about a half-dozen places for manager, but seems to be the hottest candidate this year.
LasMayores.com first reported that Cora was expected to be the Red Sox manager. In the Puerto Rican-born Cora, he'll get a bilingual manager who's known to value analytics.