Melvin, Roenicke get contract extensions
The Brewers made long-term commitments Tuesday to two faces of the franchise, extending general manager Doug Melvin’s contract through 2015 and manager Ron Roenicke’s through 2014.
Roenicke’s deal includes a club option for 2015. Both he and Melvin were in the final years of their contracts.
“In two of the past four years we reached significant milestones by advancing to the postseason, and we have reached a point where we expect to field a perennially competitive team,” Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio said in a statement. “This was one of my highest priorities when I first became involved with the Milwaukee Brewers, and we could not have accomplished it without the efforts of Doug Melvin and his baseball operations staff.”
Melvin also got a promotion. He’s now “president of baseball operations-general manager.” He was previously an executive vice president.
The talks with both Melvin and Roenicke began back in Spring Training, when the team was riding a wave of optimism after a club-record 96-win regular season and a trip to the National League Championship Series.
Discussions bore fruit Tuesday with the team in a funk, facing injury emergencies at first base and shortstop and tied with the Cubs for last place in the National League Central.
Melvin has orchestrated comebacks before. When the Brewers’ previous ownership hired him in September 2002, the team was on its way to a franchise-record 106 losses. Melvin slashed the payroll in subsequent seasons as part of a dramatic rebuilding project, which produced a .500 finish in 2005, the Brewers’ first winning season in 15 years in 2007 and its first postseason appearance in 26 years in 2008.
Melvin’s key trades have netted pitchers CC Sabathia, Zack Greinke, Shaun Marcum and Francisco Rodriguez, and in recent years he has signed many of the club’s home-grown players to long-term contracts ahead of free agency, including outfielders Ryan Braun and Corey Hart, second baseman Rickie Weeks and right-hander Yovani Gallardo. All have been All-Stars.
Melvin won two executive of the year awards last winter, including one decided by a vote of fellow GMs.
“I want to thank Mark Attanasio and his ownership group for their confidence in me and my staff, and for their support year in and year out,” Melvin said in a statement. “I believe we have built a winning culture here at the Brewers, and we embrace the higher expectations that naturally come along with that change.
“I also want to thank the fans of this team as they over-deliver in every way. Milwaukee is a very special city to me and my family, and we are proud to call it home.”
Roenicke was named the 18th manager in franchise history on November 4, 2010, inheriting a team with high expectations despite losing records in each of the previous two years. Roenicke led the Brewers to their first division title since 1982.
“Ron has been a tremendous addition to our staff and his leadership is instrumental in not only guiding a successful team, but also developing one of the best clubhouse environments in all of baseball,” Melvin said in his statement.
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