Dodgers Pick Up Roberts’ 2019 Option; Further Extension Expected

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The Dodgers have announced this week that Dave Roberts, the team’s manager since the 2016 season, will be returning to the Dodgers via an exercising of Roberts’ 2019 option. The option exercised to retain Dave Roberts in the managerial position is worth $1.1M dollars.

With the departure of the Dodgers’ GM, Farhan Zaidi, only a day before the deadline for Roberts’ option decision, Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers’ President of Baseball Operations, announced this decision on his own.

Dave Roberts has been with the Dodgers since the beginning of the 2016 season, following the five-year tenure of Don Mattingly that ended in 2015, following an NLDS defeat at the hands of the New York Mets. Since becoming the Dodgers’ manager, Roberts has led the team to three consecutive playoff appearances, which ended at the NLCS in 2016, the World Series in 2017, and again in the World Series in 2018.

The Dodgers experienced a drought of 28 seasons of not reaching the World Series, and in 2017, Dave Roberts’ Dodgers broke that streak. The Dodgers lost that World Series to the Houston Astros, and the 2018 return to the World Series to the Boston Red Sox, but Roberts’ efforts should not go unnoticed because of the final result. The last time the Dodgers won back to back National League titles was 1977 and 1978, when LA lost both World Series, just like 2017 and 2018.

Baseball analysts and insiders have reported that the Dodgers have offered Dave Roberts an extension, but lost footing with the loss of Farhan Zaidi. It has been rumored that the extension offered to Dave Roberts by the Dodgers is for four seasons at around $12M dollars.

While these figures are only hearsay, these reports are from credible sources. More news on Roberts’ deal will be announced when a final deal is met.

 

Arrick Joel has covered the Dodgers since 2017, and for Dodgers-LowDown since 2018. Follow @ArrickJoel and @DodgersLowDown on Twitter for more.