If there is such a thing as a no-brainer, this is it.
The Oakland A’s extended the contract of manager Bob Melvin through 2016 on a two-year contract.
Melvin led the 2012 A’s to an AL West Division title and was the 2012 AL Manager of the Year. The A’s won 94 games last season under his leadership in what can only be described as a magical year. They overcame a 13-game deficit in late July, and won their final five games to clinch the AL West over the Rangers.
He took over for the fired Bob Geren near the end of the 2011 season, and has completely changed the culture in Oakland.
“Probably the simplest negotiation I’ve had in my career here. Probably took me longer to dial the phone,” said GM Billy Beane on the Melvin extension.
Melvin’s guidance of a young A’s team that nobody expected to contend in 2012 makes this extension a no-brainer, and the A’s should be thrilled to have him as their skipper in the long term.