A’s manager Bob Melvin, who did one of the best jobs any manager’s ever done, will have his contractual situation addressed after the year. Melvin’s current contract runs through 2019, but A’s management recognizes the superb job he’s done and intends to extend him.
Melvin’s bosses especially recognize how deftly Melvin has handled major turnover and attrition and have no intention of letting him go. The A’s not only became the first team to qualify for the playoffs after starting the year with the lowest payroll in baseball ($66 million) but they lost about a half-dozen starting pitchers, including Sean Manaea, Kendall Graveman and Jharel Cotton.
Melvin, previously the manager of the Diamondbacks and the Mariners with mixed success, is clearly establishing himself as one of the best in the game now. He has an excellent chance to win Manager of the Year, though Boston’s Alex Cora and Tampa Bay’s Kevin Cash are extraordinary candidates as well.
By design, the contracts of baseball president Billy Beane and GM David Forst also expire after 2019, and presumably those deals will be addressed as well. Forst’s name has been connected to the Mets GM job, at least with interest from the team, and the crosstown Giants now have a GM opening after the firing of Bobby Evans.
They all did a fantastic job in Oakland this year, as the A’s outperformed even the most optimistic views of their team, using a strong bullpen that featured a lock-down 6-through-9 innings much of the year, a powerful young lineup and some guile in a rotation that became very veteran following all the injuries to their best young starters, including their top prospect, A.J. Puk.
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