Dodgers: Dave Roberts and LA Engaged In Contract Extension Talks
After the scourge of the Frank McCourt-era, the Dodgers have re-established themselves as one of the premier franchise in MLB. The Dodgers have appeared in three of the last five World Series. Whether some Dodgers fans like it or not, manager Dave Roberts has been part of a very successful era.
Earlier this month, Roberts was confident that the Dodgers front office would extend his contract in an interview with The Athletic’s Andy McCullough.
“It’ll get done. It’ll get done.”
At the moment, 2022 is Roberts’ final year under contract with LA.
Earlier this week, Roberts confirmed that contract negotiations are underway according to The Orange County Register’s Bill Plunkett.
“We’ve begun talks. We’re talking as we speak. I just hope that we can come to an agreement.”
Team president Andrew Friedman, and new GM Brandon Gomes, leaving Roberts as a lame duck seems like a long shot. Roberts has presided over a team that’s eclipsed 100-regular season wins three times in the last five years. Not to mention, helped shepherd the Dodgers to their first World Series title since 1988.
Considering Friedman and Gomes can’t negotiate with free agents or communicate with current Dodgers due to the lockout, now seems like a great time to work out a contract extension for Roberts – if they so desire.
The Dodgers manager also lamented the current MLB lockout.
“I want to get back to baseball…I want to watch bullpens. I want to get out on the field and watch guys work. I want normalcy.”
According to Plunkett, Roberts is scheduled to head to Arizona to observe Dodgers minor league player workouts.
It sounds like it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Roberts might have to field a phone call or two about a potential contract extension from the fields of Camelback Ranch.
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Dave earned it.