Update (11:00 PM EST): Roberts will sign a three-year deal to manage the Dodgers, per Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY. The press conference will be held a week after Thanksgiving.
The Dodgers are expected to name former major leaguer Dave Roberts as manager, Dylan Hernandez, Bill Plaschke, and Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times are reporting. The hiring is expected to be made official on Monday.
Roberts, 43, spent parts of 10 seasons in the majors with the Indians, Dodgers, Red Sox, Padres, and Giants. He made a name for himself with his speed, swiping 243 bases in 301 attempts (80.7%). Following his retirement, Roberts had been coaching for the Padres since 2011 and officially managed one game in 2015 after Bud Black was fired and before Pat Murphy took over in the interim.
Roberts is one of three minority managers, joining Dusty Baker and Fredi Gonzalez. He’s the Dodgers’ first minority manager. Baker, recently hired to manage the Nationals, lamented the lack of diversity in baseball.
Gabe Kapler was the other finalist for the Dodgers’ open managerial position.