The Boston Red Sox apparently weren't waiting for MLB to conclude its investigation into sign stealing allegations from their 2018 season. Alex Cora's involvement in the Houston Astros 2017 cheating scheme as described in Monday's report from the Commissioner's office was enough to end Cora's days as Sox manager.

SI.com reports the Red Sox issued a statement Tuesday night saying in part, "Given the findings and the Commissioner's ruling, we collectively decided that it would not be possible for Alex to effectively lead the club going forward and we mutually agreed to part ways." The statement was attributed to owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner, CEO Sam Kennedy and Cora.

Cora said, "I do not want to be a distraction to the Red Sox as they move forward. My two years as a manager were the best years of my life.

The team did not immediately name a replacement for Cora. Pitchers and catchers are due at spring training in about a month.