As expected, the Reds and manager Dusty Baker agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension. Dusty will get paid through the 2012 season. Ã‚Â (Whether he’s still managing the team then will depend on results and Bob Castellini’s opinion 18 months from now). Sports Illustrated reports a “near” $8M salary for the two-year deal. Baker makes $3.5M a year under his current deal.
Mark Sheldon reports that the coaches also received extensions.
I’m still not 100% comfortable with Baker as a manager. Ã‚Â He seems to have a great relationship with the players, but hisÃ‚Â in-game managing is mediocre, at best. Ã‚Â His patience with talented young players has been great, but that same patience has often been excruciating when it relates to veteran position players on their last legs. Regardless, there’s no way they don’t do this deal. A guy wins a division with this roster, he gets rewarded.Ã‚Â That’s how it works.
- Age 61
- Record with the Reds: 243-243 (3 seasons)
- Overall Record: Ã‚Â 1,405-1,284 (17 seasons)
- Four division championships with three teams
- One of six managers in MLB history to win a division title with 3 teams (Davey Johnson, Tony LaRussa, Billy Martin, Lou Piniella and Joe Torre).
- Twenty-fifth manager in MLB Ã‚Â history with at least 1,400 career wins.