Manager of the Year Bob Melvin gets extension from A’s

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Managing the A’s to a surprising AL West title earned Bob Melvin the AL Manager of the Year award and now it’s gotten him a two-year contract extension, the team announced.

Melvin took over as A’s manager in mid-2011 after Bob Geren was fired. He went 47-52 that season, compared to Geren going 27-36, and then led the A’s to a 94-68 record last season for their first playoff appearance since 2006 and most wins since 2003.

Prior to joining the A’s he had a 156-168 (.481) record with the Mariners and a 337-340 (.498) record with the Diamondbacks, winning NL Manager of the Year with Arizona in 2007.

Melvin is now signed through 2016.

Blue Jays, Josh Donaldson to table extension talks

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Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.

Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.

The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.

If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.