As we already touched on, this coming offseason (which starts upon the completion of the World Series) is sure to be a busy one for Andrew Friedman and the Dodgers. In fact, it really could be one of the most transformative offseasons in years for LA with several franchise stalwarts heading to free agency.
One area where the organization is seemingly set is with the coaching staff. Barring another club looking at potentially filling openings in their organization, the entire staff is expected to return for 2022. Still, the topic of a contract extension for manager Dave Roberts was addressed over the weekend by Jorge Castillo of the LA Times.
Jorge reached out to Dave regarding his contract status. Here’s an excerpt.
Roberts, 49, said he has not had discussions with the organization regarding a possible extension. He said he “fully” expects to manage the Dodgers in 2022 whether a new agreement is reached or not. But he prefers a contract extension.
“I know I got another year left and it’s just kind of expecting, hoping, that they come to me and we can work something out, I guess,” Roberts said when reached by phone Sunday. “And, if not, you just kind of do your job and play out the contract.”
Roberts signed a four-year contract extension after the 2018 season. Then, he was coming off leading the Dodgers to back-to-back National League pennants and World Series losses. Since that deal was inked, the team won its first title since 1988 but also has been bounced early in the playoffs — the NLDS in 2019 and this year, the NLCS.
The concept of a contract extension here just days after LA’s game 6 loss to the Braves is sure to ruffle the feathers of some Dodger fans. But you can’t argue that the man gets results and gets guys to buy into the collective mentality. Andrew Friedman also seems to be a fan of Doc.
“Dave has been a big part of our past success and we fully expect him to be a large part of our future success as well.”
Roberts told Castillo that LA is where he wants to be. And when you’ve led a club to 106 wins in each of the last two full big league seasons, that should be good enough to tack on at least a few more years as a courtesy.