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Brewers hope to extend contracts, for GM, manager

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TOM WITHERS
February 26, 2012
— Ryan Braun's case behind them for now, the Milwaukee Brewers can move on to other pressing business.

On Saturday, owner Mark Attanasio said he "absolutely" intends to extend the contracts of general manager Doug Melvin and manager Ron Roenicke beyond this season.


The club's eighth GM, Melvin is entering the final season of a three-year extension he signed in 2008. Roenicke, who led the Brewers to 96 wins and the NL Central title last season his first with the club is signed through this season with the club holding an option for 2013.


Attanasio said Melvin asked him to wait on discussing his contract or Roenicke's deal until the club broke camp because he didn't want any distractions.


"That's on our agenda," Attanasio said. "Those are two topics I will be addressing with him before opening day. They're a great fit. I am all about results."


Attanasio, who built his wealth as an investment executive, said Melvin and Roenicke should be rewarded for delivering wins.


"Being in the investment business I get a scorecard every day and in major league baseball we get a scorecard every day," he said. "That can be exhilarating or daunting depending on what the score says. This team won 96 games last year and played 11 games in October. Also, this team has been in the playoffs two years out of the last four, so those are pretty good scorecards."


While the Brewers held their first full-squad workout of spring training, Attanasio discussed several issues including Braun's 50-game suspension for a positive drug test being lifted earlier this week and the club's chances to defend its division title.


After losing slugger Prince Fielder as a free agent this winter, Attanasio is well aware his club could undergo further losses next year with starters Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum eligible for the open market following this season. But that's down the road for the Brewers.


"This is a very talented team and I'm very excited about it," he said. "The good news for us start with the face that guys in their free-agent year tend to perform at high levels, and guys on winning teams tend to perform at high levels, so hopefully, we have a confluence of those two events."


Attanasio also joked that one of his newest purchases has been turning heads in Los Angeles.


In a city where you're defined by your automobile, Attanasio is driving the electric Toyota Prius.


"You drive around LA and they got Lamborghinis, Ferraris and some exotic Mercedes up front, you pull up in your newly issued Prius wagon and I get as much street cred as the guy driving the Lamborghini," he said. "At every hotel I go to multiple valets are coming up and looking at the car ecologically sound and at a very easy entry point for someone who is looking to get street cred in Los Angeles."



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