Terry Francona replacing Bobby Valentine on ESPN?

FILE - In this May, 26, 2011, file

FILE - In this May, 26, 2011, file photo, then-Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona looks on in the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit. (Credit: AP)

Might Bobby Valentine and Terry Francona end up trading jobs?

The Red Sox officially announced Wednesday night that Valentine is their new manager and will be introduced as Francona's successor Thursday in Boston.

Francona appears committed to taking a year off from managing to work in television, where he got rave reviews filling in for Tim McCarver for the first two games of the ALCS on Fox.

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.

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