Report: Dodgers intend to sign Dave Roberts to long-term extension

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Per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said the organization plans to complete a long-term contract extension with manager Dave Roberts.

That news will likely be met with a bit of consternation as Craig and President Donald Trump were two from a long list of people who criticized Roberts for his decision-making in Game 4 of the World Series. However, it is undeniable that the Dodgers have thrived under Roberts’ leadership, going a combined 287-200 (.589) in his three years at the helm, reaching the World Series in each of the last two seasons.

The bar is higher to clear when one manages a team with one of baseball’s highest payrolls and with one of baseball’s best minor league systems. But despite some arguable decisions in the World Series, Roberts is clearly one of the game’s better managers. Going in any other direction after back-to-back World Series appearances would have been questionable at best.