Orioles Closing In On Showalter Extension

The Orioles hope to announce a contract extension for manager Buck Showalter this week and it could come as early as tomorrow morning, according to Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun.  It's not yet known when the deal will become official but the two sides have been confident for weeks that it would all get hammered out.

Showalter's current contract has just one season remaining and the new deal is expected to take him through at least the 2017 season.  That would make it longer than the three-year deal the skipper signed in August 2010.

Baltimore surprised the baseball world under Showalter's leadership in 2012, clinching their first postseason birth since 1997 with a 93-69 record.

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