Teams don’t often allow managers to reach the final season of their contract, typically extending their deals (or letting them go, in some cases) to avoid the issues that come along with “lame duck” status.
Padres manager Bud Black is entering the final year of his deal after surviving ownership and front office changes, and he told Barry Bloom of MLB.com that there have been no contract extension talks with new general manager A.J. Preller.
I’m comfortable with this. I’m comfortable managing. I think those of us in this game realize at certain points contracts will be worked out if they’re going to get worked out. I think we’ve seen over the years a lot of managers go into the last year, head coaches go into the last year of a contract and everything is fine. It’s all good. I’m good with it.
Black has been the Padres’ manager since 2007, compiling a 617-680 record for a .476 winning percentage. That includes a winning record in just one of the last seven seasons and 91, 86, 86, and 85 losses in the past four years.