When the team hired Melvin's close friend and mentor, Phil Garner, as a special adviser two months later, that seemed to clinch it, and it appears as if it will soon be official. Citing sources close to the negotiations, the Associated Press reported that Melvin is soon to receive a three-year contract to manage the A's.
Melvin declined comment.
The team is 42-48 under Melvin after Tuesday's 7-2 loss to the Rangers. Melvin, 49, replaced Bob Geren two months into the season. The Oakland offense has improved noticeably in the second half, but the pitching has not been as sharp as it was in the first half.
The defense, meantime, has been poor all year under both managers, and Melvin has said that he plans to make that a priority during the spring.
The A's were 27-36 under Geren before making the change in the manager's office.