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Could this be longtime manager Bob Melvin’s final season with the Oakland Athletics?
Well, this is the final guaranteed year of his contract. Next year consists of a team option on the deal. So it will be up to the A’s … and Melvin. For more, let’s check in with A’s general manager David Forst.
“His option at this point is more a function of what he wants to do rather than what we want,” Forst told reporters. “He’s earned that right. So that will be the conversation we have going forward.”
Melvin said he has no desire to leave. At least not as things stand today.
“I have no desire to go anywhere else,” he said. “I’m perfectly happy here and my bosses have taken good care of me here. So that’s where I stand on it.”
Melvin, 59, is a Bay Area native. He has been managing the A’s since 2011. They finished 34-26 last season and lost in the AL Divisional Series.
Overall, the A’s have compiled a 767-689 record under Melvin and have made six playoff appearances. So it’s hard to imagine the sides parting ways, but this is the MLB, and as we’ve seen with players, managers and teams, all is possible.