Dave Roberts and the Los Angeles Dodgers came to agreement to renew the option on the manager’s contract last week. Still, according to Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports, the two sides remain at a ‘standstill’ in regards to a multi-year extension.
Things looked positive a week ago in Dave Roberts/Dodgers multiyear talks. But things are at a standstill at the moment with the sides still apart. By picking up the option, LA has a year to work it out. So there’s that.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 13, 2018
The initial thought was that a multi-year contract extension would follow the option. In any case, that has not yet happened; and there has been a fair degree of surprise to some in regards to the situation.
Nevertheless, the year that the Dodgers and Roberts have in front of them will serve as a period to operate and negotiate with freedom.
Los Angeles has some uncertainty organizationally at the present. First, Chris Woodward left the team to manage the Texas Rangers. Then, hitting coach Turner Ward departed for the Cincinnati Reds. The biggest blow came last when Farhan Zaidi took the San Francisco Giants general manager position.
Dismay or uncertainty in Roberts’ future is not what the Dodgers need right now. A lifetime .589 manager during the regular season, Roberts offers stability with this current regime and group of players.
For this reason – it should be expected that the two sides find a way to reach a multi-year agreement in the near future. Nonetheless, it’s a storyline worth watching through the winter months and possibly into the new 2019 season.
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