The Oakland A's and interim manager Bob Melvin have reached an agreement that will keep Melvin in Oakland as the permanent manager for three years, according to a report by CSN Bay Area. Melvin has been with the A's since June when manager Bob Geren was fired.
Melvin, who has managing experience with the Seattle Mariners (2003-2004) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (2005-2009), will get his third permanent stint in the MLB. He has a collective record of 535-556 (good for a .490 winning percentage) as a manager, but has limited postseason experience. During the seven seasons that he managed the Mariners and Diamondbacks, only the 2007 Diamondbacks made it into the postseason before eventually losing in the NL Championship series. This season, Melvin has led the A's to a near .500 record (42-48) during his tenure after the team's 27-36 start.
More important than his recrod, Melvin and the A's appear to be get along very well. Melvin has stated repeatedly over the past few months that he wants to stay in Oakland. The A's clearly feel the same way, and all parties involved should be content with the new three-year deal.