The Red Sox officially announced Wednesday night that Valentine is their new manager and will be introduced as Francona's successor Thursday in Boston.
One possibility for Francona would be moving into the seat in ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball" booth being vacated by Valentine. "Terry is well respected for his great insight into the game,'' an ESPN spokesman said. "We have expressed interest and look forward to discussing it further with him."
Fox also has had discussions with Francona about more work with that network in 2012.