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Phillies sign Mackanin to new 2-year contract

Deal includes club option on manager for 2019
MLB.com @ToddZolecki

PHILADELPHIA -- Pete Mackanin could be managing the Phillies through at least the 2019 season.

The Phillies announced Thursday morning that they had agreed to a new two-year contract with Mackanin. It not only carries him through 2018, but a club option could keep him as manager in '19. That is noteworthy as the Phils are expected to be aggressive in the free-agent and trade markets beginning this offseason and potentially could be postseason contenders in '19.

PHILADELPHIA -- Pete Mackanin could be managing the Phillies through at least the 2019 season.

The Phillies announced Thursday morning that they had agreed to a new two-year contract with Mackanin. It not only carries him through 2018, but a club option could keep him as manager in '19. That is noteworthy as the Phils are expected to be aggressive in the free-agent and trade markets beginning this offseason and potentially could be postseason contenders in '19.

Mackanin, 65, had been in the final season of his old contract, which included a 2018 club option.

"We have time to do that," Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said in December about Mackanin's option in his previous deal. "I'm sure the time will come when we'll sit down and talk about it again."

The Phillies have scheduled a news conference with Klentak and Mackanin at 3 p.m. ET. It can be seen live on MLB.com and phillies.com.

Mackanin replaced Ryne Sandberg as manager in June 2015, when Sandberg quit on the job. Klentak succeeded Ruben Amaro Jr. as GM in October 2015.

Mackanin and Klentak have gotten along well in that time. Klentak has believed that Mackanin is the right man to work with a young team in a rebuild. The fact that Mackanin's new deal could keep him in charge through 2019 and beyond indicates that Klentak believes Mackanin can also lead the Phils back to the postseason.

Mackanin is 121-160 as the Phillies' manager. He served as Philadelphia's bench coach for four seasons (2009-12), when the team won three of its five consecutive National League East Division titles. Mackanin was third-base coach for 1 1/2 seasons (2014-15) before becoming manager. 

The Phils are 13-19 this year, but they have improved considerably on offensive. They finished last in the Major Leagues in runs scored in 2016, averaging 3.77 per game. They are 12th in the Majors this season, averaging 4.75 runs per game.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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