Randolph's deal one of richest for new managers

Updated: November 5, 2004, 7:54 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Willie Randolph is guaranteed $1,875,000 under his three-year contract with the New York Mets, one of the richest deals for a first-year manager.

Randolph will get $550,000 next season, $625,000 in 2006 and $700,000 in 2007, according to contract terms obtained Friday by The Associated Press. He can earn up $300,000 in bonuses each season, getting the full amount if the Mets win the World Series.

Tony Gwynn's Take
Tony Gwynn
Willie Randolph is a great hire for the New York Mets. It's about time he got a managing opportunity.

Randolph has been a winner, both as a player and a coach with the New York Yankees. Joe Torre is one of the best in the business, and Randolph worked for Torre for 11 seasons.

I believe Randolph will be successful with the Mets. It's tough to put a timetable on it, because a lot depends on the personnel moves the Mets make. But Randolph will bring a let's-get-it-done attitude to Shea Stadium.

Besides being a winner, Randolph is intelligent and baseball-savvy, and he knows how to deal with people. He'll take charge and get guys to play for him.

As a native New Yorker who played and coached in New York, Randolph is well-versed in dealing with the New York media. He's the total package -- the Mets needed someone like him.

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New York hired Randolph on Wednesday night to succeed Art Howe, fired midway through a $9.4 million, four-year contract, a deal in the upper range for major league managers.

Lee Mazzilli, Randolph's former coaching colleague on the New York Yankees, got $450,000 this year in his first season with Baltimore and will receive $500,000 in 2005, the final season of his two-year contract with the Orioles.

Terry Francona had a base salary of $500,000 in his first season with the Red Sox. After leading Boston to its first World Series title since 1918, he is due to make $550,000 in 2005 and $600,000 in 2006, with the Red Sox holding a $750,000 option for 2007.

Alan Trammell, trying to turn around the Detroit Tigers, was given a three-year contract that called for salaries of $500,000 in 2003, $600,000 in 2004 and $700,000 in 2005, with Detroit holding an $800,000 option for 2006.

Cincinnati's Dave Miley was among the lowest-paid managers last season, earning $350,000, and Florida's Jack McKeon made $500,000 this year after winning the World Series in 2003.

Veteran managers earn far more. The Texas Rangers' Buck Showalter got $1.5 million, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' Lou Piniella $2.6 million and the Chicago Cubs' Dusty Baker $3.25 million.

Randolph's former boss, Yankees manager Joe Torre, has the highest-paying contract. Torre's new deal calls for salaries of $6.1 million in both 2005 and 2006, and $7 million in 2007. He'd also get a $1 million bonus each time the Yankees win the World Series.

Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press