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Saturday, November 05, 2005

Brewers Sign Melvin to Extension


From Matthew Leach at MLB.com:

Barely a month after the team he assembled wrapped up its best season in 13 years, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin was richly rewarded. The club announced a new three-year contract extension for Melvin on Saturday, locking up the veteran executive through the 2009 season.

The club did not divulge the financial terms of the new pact, but principal owner Mark Attanasio said in a conference call that Melvin's compensation is "at the upper end of the range" of general manager salaries.

And that would certainly seem to be deserved, as Melvin has helped build a promising organization in Milwaukee. Melvin took over the baseball side of the Brewers in September 2002, and has overseen a transition from a 106-loss season in 2002 to an 81-81 mark and a third-place finish in 2005.

"The way I look at it is that when I was out of a job in '02, the Brewers gave me that opportunity to come in and try to get them back on a winning path," Melvin said. "I felt that with the progress we've made, and coming off the year we did, and with the future we feel we have, it's good to get this extension so we can continue building this organization."

Melvin hired the very well-regarded Ned Yost as his manager, and has executed a string of successful moves, including trading for Carlos Lee, claiming Derrick Turnbow off waivers and acquiring a slew of significant contributors in exchange for Richie Sexson.

"Doug works in such a collaborative way," said Attanasio. "This is a guy who is understated, very confident in who he is. He has a very calm confidence, and because of that, he's able to work in a collaborative fashion and build an organization. And he's shown consistently throughout his career the ability to build an organization."


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