Geren gets one-year extension

Updated: March 24, 2009, 8:50 PM ET
Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics and manager Bob Geren agreed Tuesday on a one-year contract extension, with a club option for 2011.

Geren is 151-172 in two years running the A's after being promoted from bench coach in November 2006 by general manager and close friend Billy Beane. Oakland finished third in the AL West last season at 75-86.

"This was something we were planning on doing at the end of the season anyway," Beane said. "This was not something Bob was running around asking us about. It wasn't an issue for us and we didn't want it to become an issue for anyone else either. It really wasn't a hard decision or one we wrestled over."

The 47-year-old Geren was entering the final season of a three-year deal. He is now signed through 2010.

Geren is the 28th manager in franchise history. His two seasons with the A's are his only years as a major league manager.

"It's a great feeling," he said. "I think we have the greatest organization in baseball. I truly believe that, from top to bottom. I'm just real happy to be manager of this team. It's a great honor, really."

Although the A's have had losing records in each of Geren's two seasons, Beane said Geren should not be held responsible for those failures because the team has had so many injuries. The A's have also traded away a handful of key players -- Dan Haren, Nick Swisher, Rich Harden, Joe Blanton -- to rebuild with youth.

"I think he's the perfect man for where we are at right now," Beane said. "He's taken over a team that's gone through a transition the last couple of years. We are happy with what he's done, his commitment to the job, his passion for the job, his relationships up and down the organization from top to bottom. I hope he's here a long time beyond this contract."

Geren played five major league seasons as a catcher with the New York Yankees and San Diego Padres before his coaching career.


Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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