The Boston Red Sox enter Thursday with a 34-34 record. As such, questions are swirling about what the team will do at the MLB trade deadline and the future of manager Alex Cora. Will Cora stick around in 2025 if the Red Sox fail to make the playoffs? Or will he be let go as Boston begins a new chapter?

It remains to be seen what will happen with Alex Cora next season, but Ken Rosenthal gave three teams that could be interested in Cora if things don't go their way.

“I'm not ruling out that the Red Sox are not going to employ Alex Cora next year. We can look at a number of teams that could have openings if things don't go the way they want them to…The Dodgers are one, the Yankees are another, and the Cardinals are the third…He's going to be this year's Craig Counsell…If one of those big teams, the Dodgers or Yankees, somehow flames out in the playoffs, could I see changes taking place? Yes, I could.”

If Alex Cora goes elsewhere, he should be at the top of the list for a number of MLB teams, with Rosenthal even calling him “this year's Craig Counsell.”

Examining some potential options for Alex Cora 

Jun 8, 2024; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora argues with umpire Alan Porter a strikeout call before being ejected during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
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All three teams Rosenthal listed could be in store for a facelift depending on how the rest of the season shakes out. For now, the Yankees and Dodgers are comfortably in the MLB playoff picture and pegged as possible World Series teams.

But, if the Dodgers lose early again, it likely means the end of the road for Dave Roberts, especially after shelling out a gigantic ton of cash this offseason.

The Yankees are on top of the American League East and playing incredibly well, so Aaron Boone's job is likely safe unless they also fall short of a World Series run. Both of those teams would immediately become appealing options for Cora.

The Cardinals are an intriguing fit. They sit at 32-34 and are trending in the wrong direction as rumors swirl about the future of Oli Marmol as the team's manager. The Cardinals did give Marmol an extension right before the season, but some rumblings have surfaced of Albert Pujols or Yadier Molina even replacing him down the road. Now, Cora is being linked to the Cardinals as a potential fit.

Cora has a 468-399 record in six seasons as the Red Sox manager, including this year. They finished first in the American League East and won the World Series his first year but have made the playoffs just once since then, losing to the Houston Astros in the ALCS in 2021.

The Red Sox finished in last place the past two seasons and are just a couple of games away from the last place spot in the division once again. If things keep going at this rate, then Cora could be out of Boston and headed elsewhere. Things could get really interesting to finish out the MLB season.