The A's have agreed to terms with manager Bob Melvin on a three-year deal that will make him their permanent manager, according to Janie McCauley of the AP (via the Miami Herald). Melvin took over the A's on an interim basis midseason, after the club dismissed Bob Geren.
The A's, who played to a 27-36 record before letting Geren go, have a 42-48 record since Melvin took over. Melvin, 49, managed the Mariners (2003-04) and D'Backs (2005-09) before joining the A's. He had been working as a special advisor in Arizona's front office earleir this year. The 2007 NL Manager of the Year now has a 535-556 record in eight seasons as a skipper.
When Billy Beane replaced Geren with Melvin, the GM expressed confidence in his new hire's ability to handle the role and it became clear later in the summer that Geren was likely to return in 2012.