Despite a disappointing 2015 season, the Oakland A's feel they have the right man in place in the manager's position. The A's extended manager Bob Melvin's contract through the 2018 season. The team announced the deal in a press conference on Wednesday.
Melvin has been the A's manager since midway through the 2011 season, when he took over for manager Bob Geren, who was fired after failing to guide the team to a winning record from 2007 through June 2011. The A's finished well out of the playoff race in 2011, but Oakland stunned the baseball universe in 2012 with an American League West title run. They repeated as division champs in 2013 and earned a spot in the AL Wild Card game in 2014. Melvin is 385-339 with the A's and he won the AL's Manager of the Year award in 2012.
After a difficult off-season that saw the A's trade away stars Josh Donaldson, Brandon Moss and Jeff Samardzija, the A's had a strong spring and looked poised to at least be interesting this season. Instead, the A's are a disappointing 60-79 and in last place in the AL West. Oakland has dealt with a rash of injuries to key veterans, including Coco Crisp, Sean Doolittle, Jarrod Parker, A.J. Griffin and others. The A's were without key off-season acquisition Ben Zobrist for a significant portion of the first half and by the time he was healthy again, the A's were so far out of the race they had to trade him. Oakland has also been historically bad in one-run games. The A's team ERA is fourth-best in the American League, but their bullpen ERA is next-to-last in the AL and the A's lead the AL in blown saves with 21.