Last September, team president Andy MacPhail gave Pete Mackanin a one-year deal to manage the Phillies. At the time, just who would be the GM of the team going forward wasn't known, so Mackanin and his boss agreed to a deal that would at least keep him in Philadelphia for this season and give a new GM the opportunity to evaluate Mackanin. Enter Matt Klentak, who took over as the Phillies general manager, who hasn't even seen Mackanin manage a regular season game, but decided he deserved a longer deal.
Mackanin and the Phillies agreed to a deal that will take Mackanin through the 2017 season, with a club option for 2018. No financial arrangements were announced. Should Mackanin stay through the 2018 season, that would be his 50th season in baseball.
Players have openly talked about how they respect Mackanin and enjoy playing for him, which would seem to be a factor in the Phillies determination to extend Mackanin. The signing also removes any questions that may have lingered throughout the season about the manager's future in Philadelphia, which could have served as a distraction to a team that will be fairly young.
Initially, Mackanin took over for manager Ryne Sandberg last June when Sandberg stepped down. In September, Mackanin was named the manager for this season, with a deal that also included a club option for next season.