Brewers extend contracts of Melvin and Roenicke
By: By Chris Jenkins, AP Sports Writer, Superior Telegram
MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers have extended the contracts of general manager Doug Melvin and manager Ron Roenicke, a move to keep two of the most critical pieces of the team’s leadership in place through 2015.
Melvin’s new deal runs through the 2015 season. Roenicke’s contract will go through 2014 with a club option for 2015.
The Brewers are coming off a 96-66 season and NL Central title last season, Roenicke’s first as a manager. They lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL championship series.
Having lost Prince Fielder to free agency and beset by injuries early this season, Milwaukee is off to a 12-17 start going into Tuesday night’s game against Cincinnati.
Melvin also received a promotion and will also be the team’s president of baseball operations as well as the GM.
Melvin previously had been the team’s executive vice president.
“In two of the past four years we reached significant milestones by advancing to the postseason, and we have reached a point where we expect to field a perennially competitive team,” Brewers chairman and principal owner Mark Attanasio said. “This was one of my highest priorities when I first became involved with the Milwaukee Brewers, and we could not have accomplished it without the efforts of Doug Melvin and his baseball operations staff. Doug is one of the most respected leaders in the industry, and he is a key resource for me as we continue to work toward building a championship team.”
Melvin has been the Brewers’ GM since 2002, after a stint as general manager of the Texas Rangers. Melvin was under contract through 2012 in Milwaukee after signing an extension in 2008.
Roenicke previously was signed through the 2012 season with a club option for 2013.