Remember when the Los Angeles Dodgers and manager Dave Roberts were close to a contract extension that would keep Roberts in L.A. for years to come? That was Nov. 6 and afterward that idea seemed to vanish into baseball’s winter doldrums.
On Monday, however, it finally came to fruition.
The Dodgers announced that they’ve agreed to a four-year deal with Roberts, who has guided L.A. to consecutive World Series appearances and won the NL West title in each of his three seasons as Dodgers skipper.
The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced that Dave Roberts has agreed to a four-year contract to manage club through 2022. The announcement was made by Dodger President, Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) December 3, 2018
While the last two seasons haven’t ended the way the Dodgers and Roberts would have hoped, there’s no doubt that he’s been successful as L.A’s manager. Roberts has a 287-200 record to go along with those three division titles and two NL pennants.
We don’t yet know the financial value of Roberts’ extension, but Yahoo Sports’ Tim Brown reported last month that it could be in the neighborhood of $12 million for four years.
There were some calls for Roberts’ job from fans after the World Series loss to the Boston Red Sox, but the Dodgers seem certain they’ve got their man. Certain enough to give him a four-year deal that will keep him in his role through 2022.
But the takeaway from those upset Dodgers fans in 2018 will follow Roberts into 2019. After 30 years without a World Series title, L.A. fans are clamoring for it. Their patience with Roberts may not last another four years if there’s no ring.
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