Quote to note

"I told him numerous times, because I mean it, the goal is to get him back as our closer. I think he understands that. Now, I don't want to do it in like two days, because I don't want to put a band-aid on something. I want him, when he gets it, to take it and stay there. We will start working on that."
--Francona, on Axford

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