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UPDATE (3:33pm PST on Wednesday): The A's have agreed to terms with manager Bob Melvin on a two-year extension through the 2018 season, general manager Billy Beane announced during a press conference Wednesday afternoon in Oakland.
The A’s will announce in a 3:30 p.m. press conference today that manager Bob Melvin is receiving a contract extension.
In a year where they expected to compete for a fourth consecutive trip to the postseason, the A’s instead find themselves with a 60-79 record that is the worst in the American League. That led to them selling off several key veterans at the trade deadline in exchange for prospects. But as they play out the string of the 2015 season, news of Melvin’s extension is an obvious sign that upper management doesn’t hold him responsible for all that went wrong this season.
“We’ve had a tough year, but it’s not his fault,” A’s managing partner Lew Wolff said in a phone interview. “I’ve never seen anyone who wants to win every game as intensely and cleverly as he possibly can. Whatever happened this year, with the bullpen and the one-run games … Look, the guy’s taken us to two-and-half playoffs (two division titles and a Wild Card berth). That’s a pretty good record for a small-market team.
“He’s outstanding -– outstanding with (the media), outstanding with the players, and an extremely intelligent person.”
Melvin, 53, who took the managerial reins after Bob Geren was fired on June 9 2011, has led the A’s to a 385-339 record (.532) during his tenure. He won the AL Manager of the Year award in 2012 and is one of just six managers to win that honor in both leagues.
His current five-year contract was set to expire after the 2016 season.
Wolff would not comment on a recent report that general manager Billy Beane and assistant GM David Forst are in line for promotions of some sort within the front office, saying those decisions typically get considered in the offseason.