Attanasio: Extensions on agenda for GM, manager

With the Ryan Braun saga in the rear view mirror, Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio said he would like to wrap-up contract extensions for general manager Doug Melvin and field manager Ron Roenicke before Opening Day.

Melvin, who has run the Brewers’ baseball operations since September 2002, currently has a contract that expires after this season. So does Roenicke, though his two-year deal does include a club option for 2013.

“I slept like a baby this offseason, but [Doug] had a few sleepless nights, my guess is,” Attanasio said. “He didn’t want to get into either his contract or Ron’s contract until we [began] camp. Those are two topics I’ll discuss with him before Opening Day. …

“They’re a great fit. Look, I’m all about results.”

The Brewers set a franchise record with 96 regular-season wins last season and went to the National League Championship Series. It was Milwaukee’s second postseason appearance in the last four seasons.

Attanasio said less about the plan for the team’s highest profile free agents-to-be. Starters Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum are due to hit the open market in October.

“The good news for us starts with the fact that guys in their free agent year tend to perform at high levels, and guys on winning teams tend to perform at high levels,” Attanasio said. “Hopefully, we have a confluence of those two events.”


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