The Dodgers are close to announcing a long-term contract extension with general manager Ned Colletti, according to both Ken Gurnick of MLB.com and Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. Contract details have not yet been revealed. Colletti's current contract contained a mutual option for 2010.
Owner Frank McCourt released this statement:
“One of our core promises to our fans is championship caliber baseball, year in and year out. Ned has been instrumental in our going a long way towards fulfilling that promise. I couldn’t be happier for him, both personally and professionally. The stability and continuity that extending his contract provides will further help us achieve the goal of being a consistent winner and I’m thrilled that he will continue to lead our baseball operations into the future.”
The Dodgers are 349-299 (.539) under Colletti, who has been with the club since before the 2006 season. The Dodgers have reached the playoffs three times in four years, including two straight trips to the NLCS.
“My time here in Los Angeles has been very special to me and I’m honored to be associated with this tremendous franchise,” said Colletti. “I’m very proud of what our baseball operations staff has accomplished over the last four years and I’m grateful for the support of the fans who have truly made me feel at home. I’m hopeful that we can bring them the championship they deserve in the very near future.”
Assistant GM Kim Ng interviewed for the vacant general manager position in San Diego last week.