Manager Dusty Baker has put the Reds in the postseason for the first time since 1995, and seems to be on the verge of receiving a contract extension as a reward.
Baker is one of the more higher-paid managers in the game at $3.5 million per year, a problem the Reds were running into while trying to extend Baker. However, it seems these problems have been assuaged.
"It's not completely done," general manager Walt Jocketty told the Cincinnati Enquirer 's John Fay . "But we hope to announce it in the next few days."
Baker's success in Cincy comes off his reputation taking a dent after a failed attempt to bring a World Series to Chicago when he was in the dugout from 2003-06. Of course, everyone knows that the 2003 Cubs were one Steve Bartman-flubbed catch from the Series. Baker also appeared in the 2002 series with the Giants, losing to the Angels.
Across 10 years and including his current mark with the Reds, Baker has a career 2,686-1,402 record. He is above .500 for his 10-year Giants career and a hair below .500 with the Cubs (322-326). Currently 240-242 with the Reds, Baker's winning-percentage mark in Cincinnati may see .500 even before the regular season ends, but almost certainly will break through in 2011.
The Reds had offered Baker a multi-year deal in July.
UPDATE: Baker tells Fay he is "very close" to signing a two-year extension.
-- Evan Brunell
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