The Miami Marlins announced yesterday that they have agreed upon a two-year contract extension with manager Mike Redmond to keep him in the organization through 2017.
Redmond, 43, was hired to become the Marlins manager prior to the 2013 season on a three-year contract, which runs through next season. He has led the team to a 15-win improvement from '13 to '14, even with the injuries to Jose Fernandez and Giancarlo Stanton, and his style of managing is liked highly among many within the game. Overall, the Marlins have gone 139-185 over his tenure.
Here is what Marlins President David Samson, including Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, told reporters on Redmond's extension:
"On this last day of the season, it’s the perfect way to start this offseason, making sure everyone realizes…our commitment to Red...We knew we were bringing him into a situation where he was going to grow with the team and we’ve watched that happen. The team and Mike have grown in lockstep."
The Marlins may become closer to contention next season, as their young team is improving and the leadership of Redmond is fantastic. By keeping him under control through 2017, the Marlins are doing a great job of keeping the same voice in the clubhouse and it seems that the team could really go far under his discretion. Redmond has done a fantastic job in his position.