Yost not a lame duck after all

Posted by Steve

Doug Melvin recently revealed that the club picked up Ned Yost’s 2009 option. I imagine some people who are not Yost fans may be upset by this, but in reality this doesn’t mean much of anything.

Contending teams usually like to avoid having coaches/managers in the last year of their contract because they want to avoid distractions as much as possible. It makes some sense for the Brewers to do this since it sends a message of support.

The reason I say it doesn’t mean a whole lot is because they can still fire him at any time. I found this quote in the Journal Sentinel from Melvin pretty humorous. Depending on how you choose to look at it, this could make it seem like the Brewers actually don’t have much confidence in Yost.

“People are fired in the middle of contracts,” said Melvin. “It doesn’t matter whether contracts are picked up or not. I could be fired, too, and I have two years left on my contract.”

I also found it amusing that this move was apparently made months ago, and Melvin just hadn’t realized that it hadn’t been announced.

Now Melvin did say Yost’s job won’t be in jeopardy if the team gets off to a slow start, but what’s he supposed to say? “Well Ned’s signed through ’09, but if the team isn’t in first place after May he’s outta here.” Not quite.

Overall I don’t think this is big news at all, but there’s not much else to talk about until Spring Training starts or a pitcher is dealt. I’m not upset with this because I don’t think it means he’s on a short leash. Also, despite the fact that I feel he deserved to be fired after 2007, there’s a realistic chance he improves his managing in his second year in control of a good team.

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