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Dusty Baker still mulling contract extension offer from Reds

Sep 19, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT

It appears that manager Dusty Baker may be driving a hard bargain in his contract negotiations with the Reds. 

Baker is in the final year of a three-year contract that carries a $3.5 million annual salary.  He was offered what is believed to be a multi-year extension in mid-August but is taking his time accepting.  Probably because his Reds are just a couple days away from locking up their first playoff berth since 1995 and Baker can capitalize on that success.

“We’re talking,” Baker said before Sunday’s game in Cincinnati. “Negotiations don’t
just happen overnight sometimes, especially when you’re in a pennant
race.”

As noted by John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Reds went 74-88 in Baker’s first year, 78-84 in Baker’s second year, and are now 84-65 — seven games above the Cardinals in the National League Central.

  1. ultimatecardinalwarrior - Sep 19, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    It’s because Dusty is wise and knows that the Reds success cannot be sustained. He might just want to go out on a winner.
    /Yes I am a bit bitter.

  2. Crazimitch - Sep 19, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    Managers are irrelevant, it’s a game of math and odds. Hire a great motivator and move on.

  3. RedsDouche - Sep 19, 2010 at 8:25 PM

    Reds success cannot be contained? Do you realize the prospects we have coming up in the farm system? Do you also realize we’ve won a lot of games with our bench guys in the game? Get a life Cards fan. Just realize your reign over the division is over.

  4. Old Gator - Sep 19, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    If you’re going to mull a contract extension, you have to use cloves and a cinnamon stick. Otherwise, just gulp the damned thing straight like the document eater in the basement of the Reign of Terror file room in Gance’s Napoleon and stop dragging it the hell out.

  5. ultimatecardinalwarrior - Sep 19, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    *facepalm*

  6. RedsDouche - Sep 20, 2010 at 8:52 AM

    So you’re telling me the Reds’ success this year is a fluke? Again, our bench players are coming up in games and making huge plays and winning games for us. But it’s all just a once in a lifetime alignment of the planets in all galaxies to make everyone on the Reds play really well huh? The Reds will be relevant for some time. Better get used to it. The Cards however are going to slip away and sit down with the Cubbies and ‘Stros.

  7. ultimatecardinalwarrior - Sep 20, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    I was kidding. Hence the backslash qualifier. And don’t say the Cardinals are out, because we still have Pujols, Holliday, Wainwright, Carpenter, Garcia, Ryan, and Rasmus (he’s coming back next year whether he likes it or not). Let’s just say the NL Central is going to be more interesting these next few years.

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