Twins and Paul Molitor agree to a multi-year contract


Molitor was in the final year of a three-year contract as manager.

The Minnesota Twins announced Monday they have agreed to a three-year contract extension with manager Paul Molitor that will keep him with the club through the 2020 season. They earned the second wild-card berth in the American League before losing to the Yankees 8-4 on Tuesday in a one-game playoff in NY. The Twins were coming off of their fourth straight season of 90-plus losses, but Molitor spearheaded a surprisingly competitive 83-79 year that kept them in the playoff conversation deep into September.

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Molitor is 227-259 in three seasons as the manager for the Twins, but led the team to an 85-77 record and a wild-card berth this season after the team lost 103 games in 2016. Molitor is a candidate to win the American League Manager of the Year.

Over the last two months of the season as the Twins surged back into playoff contention, Falvey and Levine remained noncommittal when asked about Molitor's status.

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Third base coach Gene Glynn, pitching coach Neil Allen, bullpen coach Eddie Guardado, assistant hitting coach Rudy Hernandez and bench coach Joe Vavra have been with Molitor all three seasons.

Molitor, a St. Paul native, helped the Twins make history this season. He took over as Twins manager in November, 2014, after Ron Gardenhire was sacked.

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