John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that the Reds have offered manager Dusty Baker a contract extension.
Baker, in the final season of a three-year deal, wouldn’t say Wednesday whether it is a multi-year offer or just a one-year proposal, but he did acknowledge that he is considering it.
“We’re still evaluating it,” he said. “I’ve got to look at where we’re going, and what I want to do. I’m concentrating on winning, I’ve said that all along. Everything is cool. It will work out.”
The veteran skipper has led the Reds to an impressive 68-51 record this season and an even more impressive 2.5-game lead over the heavily-favored Cardinals in the National League Central. That success has more to do with breakout years by Joey Votto and the entire Cincinnati pitching staff, but Baker must be doing something right. And it only makes sense for him to return for at least the 2011 season.
In a less-notable move on Friday, the Rays acquired right-hander Wilmer Font from the Athletics in exchange for minor league right-hander Peter Bayer. Font was designated for assignment by the A’s on Wednesday.
This is the second trade involving the righty since the start of the season. The Athletics acquired 28-year-old Font from the Dodgers in late April, but were underwhelmed by his performance after he racked up 11 runs, five home runs, four walks and nine strikeouts in his first 6 2/3 innings of relief. While the rookie has yet to prove himself at the big league level, he posted a much more respectable pitching line with the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate in 2017, going 10-8 in 25 starts with a 3.42 ERA, 2.3 BB/9 and 11.9 SO/9 in 134 1/3 innings. It’s still unclear whether the Rays intend to give him another opportunity in the majors this year or use him as depth in the minors.
Bayer, 24, is still a ways away from cracking any major league roster. He advanced to High-A Charlotte prior to the trade and allowed eight runs, two homers, six walks and six strikeouts in his first four innings.