Skipper Buck Showalter is in Baltimore today working on a contract extension with the Orioles. MASNSports.com’s Roch Kubatko reports that Showalter headed north to Charm City after spending the holidays at home in Dallas and expects a deal to be announced “early next week”.
The deal, covering multiple years, should be in place within a few days if everything goes according to plan.
Showalter was hired as the 19th manager in franchise history on July 29, 2010 and took the helm four days later. The Orioles are 196-185 during his tenure, posting a winning record and making the playoffs in 2012 for the first time in 15 years.
It’s been a slow — and for some frustrating — offseason in Baltimore. Showalter’s extension would be the biggest deal the Orioles have made this offseason, though it’s significance shouldn’t be understated. The runner-up AL Manager of the Year led the O’s to the postseason for the first time in a decade and a half and he squeezed every ounce of talent out of his roster that he possibly could have in 2012.
Securing Showalter long-term would be extremely valuable for the O’s.