While the end of the season was certainly a disappointing one, Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty is expecting manager Dusty Baker to return for at least one more season with the Reds next year.
Following the Reds 6-4 loss to the Giants in the deciding game of the NLDS, Baker was non-committal about his future in the Queen City, but noted that whether it be with the Reds or elsewhere, he wasn’t ready to retire.
“I’m not sure where my career is going here in Cincinnati,” he said. “We’re going to talk about that in the next couple of days. But I’m not through managing. I have more to do.”
USA Today is reporting that Jocketty plans to offer a short-term deal to Baker and his unsigned coaches when they meet this afternoon.
The news isn’t so promising for veteran third baseman Scott Rolen, who seemed very much ready to walk away from life as a player at age 37. “I don’t know,” Rolen said. “I’m going to go home and be a dad, move forward a little bit and see what happens.”