Baker signs two-year deal
The Reds and manager Dusty Baker on Monday have agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension through the 2014 season.
A press conference to announce the signing will be held at Great American Ball Park at 3 p.m. ET.
“In Dusty’s five seasons here he’s taken us to the Postseason twice and has proven he can lead our teams to championship-caliber play on the field,” Reds CEO Bob Castellini said in a statement. “He’s the right manager to continue the building process that will take us deeper and deeper into the playoffs in the future.”
There was no word yet on the status of Baker’s coaching staff…will have more later.
UPDATE: The entire coaching and medical staff has been retained. Deals for the coaches haven’t been done yet. Walt Jocketty expected that they would get two-year contracts.
Jocketty and Baker had a deal brewing even before the Reds’ exit from the postseason. His extension was not riding on the outcome of the NLDS.
“That’s why it didn’t take long,” Jocketty said. “We actually had one quick meeting on Friday and we discussed some things over the weekend and wrapped up this morning.”
Jocketty and Castellini spoke a lot of continuity.
“This is Dusty’s team,” Castellini said.
Baker spoke often of unfinished business in his wanting to return. He said he originally wanted a one-year deal but was offered two. He returns with higher expectations in 2013.
“We were all very saddened, from the players to myself, we wanted to go further,” Baker said. “We’re poised to go further in the future. We’re very excited about the prospects of what we have here to carry on what we’ve started.”
Here is the press conference video: