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Dodgers to Offer Tracy Multiyear Deal

Times Staff Writer

The Dodgers plan to offer a multiyear contract extension to Manager Jim Tracy, General Manager Paul DePodesta said Wednesday.

“We haven’t talked about a one-year scenario,” DePodesta said. “One year doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Then I’m just back in the same spot next year.”

For the record:
12:00 AM, Oct. 22, 2004 For The Record
Los Angeles Times Friday October 22, 2004 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 45 words Type of Material: Correction
Dodger advisors -- An article in Thursday’s Sports section about Dodger front office contracts named Mark Weidemaier among four top advisors to former general manager Dan Evans who were granted permission to seek work with other clubs. Instead, the article should have named Don Welke.

DePodesta, hired on the eve of spring training and awarded a five-year contract, inherited Tracy, whose contact expires this fall. DePodesta deferred a decision on the manager’s future at the time of his hiring and throughout most of the season.

The Dodgers won the National League West this season, for the first time since 1995. The club has posted a winning record in each of Tracy’s four seasons as manager.

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DePodesta said he planned to offer extensions to Tracy and all of his coaches, with the hope of concluding negotiations before the general managers’ meetings Nov. 9-12 in Key Biscayne, Fla.

In the meantime, DePodesta is reorganizing the front office he inherited. Assistant general manager Kim Ng and scouting director Logan White will return, he said, and a minor league director will be hired. That position was vacant this season, after Bill Bavasi left last fall to become general manager of the Seattle Mariners.

DePodesta said that four of the top advisors to former general manager Dan Evans -- John Boles, Jeff Schugel, Matt Slater and Mark Weidemaier -- have been granted permission to seek work with other clubs. Boles, the former manager of the Florida Marlins, already has left the organization and could join Bavasi in Seattle. The contracts of the advisors expire this fall.


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