The San Diego Padres extended the contract of manager Andy Green on Sunday, securing him for three additional seasons beyond 2018.
The news that Andy Green has been extended by the Padres organization serves as more evidence that the club is sticking to their rebuilding process. Despite a 51-65 record this season and a 94 loss season last year, San Diego is confident in their future under the leadership of Green.
2017 is Green’s second season with the club, and he previously worked in the Arizona system. In 2015, Green became the third base coach with the Diamondbacks.
After choosing being interviewed with Colorado prior to the 2016 season, Green chose the Friars instead and has found a home in San Diego. A young manager, Green is a fan favorite and has earned the respect of his players.
Before this extension, Green was signed through the 2018 season. Now, his contract has been extended for three additional seasons, and he will manage the club through 2021.
This move shows just how confident general manager A.J. Preller is in Green’s leadership abilities. His 119-159 record is not exactly extension worthy, which proves that the organization isn’t basing this position on mere record this time.
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Extending Green also provides some stability to the rebuilding process which is desperately needed. With the third ranked minor league system, there’s ample opportunity for growth. Keeping Green at manager for the long term is a sign that the Padres want stability, and are satisfied with the gradual improvement they are seeing.
With 46 games remaining, eliminating any sort of controversy surrounding the manager position allows the Padres to focus on finishing strong so that they can continue to make strides in 2018 and beyond. Locking up Green through 2021 eliminates all doubt that the organization is confident in their manager.
Preller and the front office are continuing to establish a foundation on which to build a consistent contender for years to come. Green is a critical piece of this foundation, and will be managing the club for the long haul.