Ned Yost only wanted a one-year contract extension because he might retire

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Yesterday the Royals and manager Ned Yost agreed to a one-year contract extension that keeps him at the helm through 2016 and Yost revealed to the local media that he didn’t want any additional years tacked on.

Why? Because he might retire after 2016.

Yost, who did the conference call announcing the extension while literally sitting in a deer stand on comedian Jeff Foxworthy’s property–seriously, re-read that sentence–explained to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star:

[General manager] Dayton [Moore]’s got this year and next year, and that’s all I wanted. One extra year, I’m happy with that. And we’ll just play it out, and see what happens after that.

Moore replied “of course” when asked if he would have been willing to add more than one year to the extension. Yost’s previous deal was a two-year extension signed after the 2013 season. He’s now 60 years old.

Yost is 38 wins away from becoming the winningest manager in Royals history, but early last season he was on the hot seat and even after the World Series run his overall record as Kansas City’s manager is 373-402 for a .481 winning percentage.