Two days after losing the World Series to the Chicago Cubs, the Cleveland Indians are wasting no time in making moves.
And the Indians have exercised the two-year club option on manager Terry Francona, keeping the skipper through 2020.
"A really easy decision and actually something we had talked about a while ago," Antonetti said at the team's year-end wrapup press conference Friday at Progressive Field. "He's made a huge difference on our franchise, and having him going forward as a partner is something we're really excited about."
And also on board for another year is Carlos Santana...his 2017 option has been extended as well.
"I think his play speaks for itself, and the performance he had this year," Antonetti said, "both on the field, the mindset that he had, his team first approach, his willingness to do anything to help the team made the decision to exercise his option really easy for us as well."
Antonetti and general manager Mike Chernoff say that there's a range of emotions among the team, from pain from the loss ...to pride in the season.
(Previous coverage) The Cleveland Indians have announced Friday that they have excercised the 2019 and 2020 club options on Manager Terry Francona and the 2017 club option on fristbaseman/DH Carlos Santana.
The Indians are coming off of their first World Series appearance in 19 years.
Details regarding today's moves are listed in the press release below:
CLEVELAND, OH - The Cleveland Indians today announced the following roster moves relative to the 2016 Major League roster:
Exercised the 2019 and 2020 club options on Manager TERRY FRANCONA.
Exercised the 2017 club option on DH/1B CARLOS SANTANA.
Francona, 57, recently guided Cleveland to its sixth American League pennant in 2016, compiling a regular season record of 94-67 (.584) followed by a postseason 10-5 mark. During his four-year stint as Indians manager, the club has qualified for the postseason play two times and finished with a winning mark in each of those seasons. He owns a 352-294 (.545) mark as Indians manager, the 6th-highest winning pct. in the 116-year history of the franchise. He is 8th all-time in club history in managerial wins. He owns a 16-year career managerial mark of 1381-1209 (.533), the fifth-highest win total among active managers, and has led his clubs to 12 consecutive winning seasons.
Santana, 30, is coming off his best Major League season, hitting .259 (151-582) with 89 runs, 31 doubles, 3 triples, 34 home runs and 87 RBI in 158 games, collecting single-season career bests in homers, extra-bases hits (68), total bases (290), RBI, hits, OPS (.865) & runs. He finished tied for the club lead in homers (T-14th in the American League) and was 3rd in the A.L. in walks (99) and 8th in on-base pct. (.366). His 34 homers were the most by a Major League switch-hitter since 2011. Over the last 15 games of the regular season he batted .411 (23-56) with 7 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR and 13 RBI.