Oakland A's News: Melvin Sticking Around In Oakland?

on January 14 2013 6:05 PM

 

Oakland A's manager Bob Melvin received a two-year contract extension on Monday that takes him through the 2016 season.

Melvin joined the club in June 2011, when he was named interim manager. In September 2011, Melvin was promoted to full-time manager and given a three-year extension. Melvin received the 2012 American League Manager of the Year after leading Oakland to the AL West Division title.

The A’s exceeded expectations in 2012 with the lowest payroll in the majors ($59.5 million).

"This was probably the simplest negotiation I've ever had in my career here," general manager Billy Beane said, according to the team Web site. "This is something I initiated. I approached Bob with it, and Bob was interested. It really is a reflection on our commitment to Bob and Bob's commitment to us as much as anything. If you know you have the right guy, there's no sense in waiting until he has one year left."

Melvin previously managed the Seattle Mariners and the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he won the 2007 NL Manager of the Year.

The 51-year-old has ties to the Bay Area, as he was born in Palo Alto, and spent three seasons as a catcher with the San Francisco Giants.

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