Contract news is the flavor of the week, but it’s not only players who are hoping to sign new deals. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts provided another update on the contract extension talks between he and the Dodgers organization.
“We’re moving forward. Hopefully we can get it done sooner than later. We’re really close. It’s not going to be an issue.”
Roberts has consistently stated that he’s expected a deal to get done this offseason. He hasn’t acted like it’s owed to him, but rather, has communicated that there’s been mutual interest and discussions about extending his contract.
At the moment, 2022 is Roberts’ final year under contract with LA. Regardless of how fans feel about Roberts, he doesn’t deserve to be a lame duck manager. The Dodgers have surpassed 100 wins three times during his tenure and of course, won the 2020 World Series.
Based upon Doc’s quotes dating back to early February, it would be a surprise if an extension wasn’t completed by Opening Day.
During the same press conference, Roberts was asked to provide his perspective on the whirlwind that’s blown through the baseball world in the last 24 hours.
“Crazy. Excited, energized. Been getting logistics set up and reconnecting with players and coaches.”
In the blink of an eye on Thursday, baseball was back. The CBA was done. Free agency could resume and Roberts, his coaching staff, and the entire Dodgers organization had to quickly mobilize to ensure spring training goes off without a hitch.
He’s no stranger to it, but expectations will once again be high for the Dodgers in 2022. Even after losing shortstop Corey Seager, the team still has one of the more talented rosters in the league. The Dodgers could also make a few more moves in free agency.
There’s plenty of questions about contracts right now, but Roberts’ extension isn’t one of them.
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