Ned Yost will return

KANSAS CITY , Mo. (AP) — as the Royals‘ manager next year following Kansas City’s poorest season since 2005.Kansas City announced a one-year extension Sunday before the season finale against Cleveland.“The harmony in the organization is really important,” general manager Dayton Moore said. “We’re at a point in time right now where we think continuity is even more crucial than it has been in the past. We’ve seen the improvement of a lot of the players that are on the field right now. We’re really pleased with the coaching staff.”Yost became Royals manager on May 13, 2010, and led the team to the 2015 World Series title, the team’s first since 1985 and second ever.“Ned’s been a huge part of the success of this organization and we feel it’s important to keep that together,” Moore said. “I enjoy working with him, personally and professionally, and I’m excited about next year.”Yost has confidence going into next season while recognizing some big challenges.“I think we’re making progress,” he said. “I like the fact that the kids made the big jump like they did. Still, I don’t think we’re there yet. I said all along, I want to get us in a position where we can compete. We’re getting closer. I think everybody’s excited about where we’re headed and the way we finished. That was good for everybody. We had our first winning month in September.”Yost anticipates building on that success and working with the young Royals.“That’s why I like coming back, because you build from the beginning,” he said. “You have to understand where you’re at and there’s a certain way you got to do it to get it right. It’s easier for me to do it because I’ve been through it. It’s easier for me to get us to that point where we’re right down the road and then let somebody else come in who can really stomp the gas and go from there Tony Perez Jersey , like we did in ’13 and ’14.”Moore acknowledged that Yost’s contract status remains year to year.“Ned and I spoke about this in spring training, we spoke about it early on in the season,” Moore said. “He was leaning towards wanting to come back. We would just see how it would develop over the course of the season, and here we are.”Infielder Whit Merrifield is glad to have Yost return for 2019.“We love Ned,” Merrifield said. “It was cool to see him, just like the rest of us, get re-energized with this group of guys. You could just see him walking around with a little more energy and little more pep in his step. He was positive with us all year.”Merrifield appreciated Yost’s even keel through a season in which the Royals went 58-104, tied for the second-worst record in club history.“Even when we were going bad, he was the guy who was telling us to relax and that this was a tough step and we’ll get through it,” he said. “And we did. We got to where we needed to and that’s going into next year having nice momentum and confidence.”Yost also managed Milwaukee from 2003-08. LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers are in ongoing negotiations with ace Clayton Kershaw, and they still need to resolve the future of manager Dave Roberts, too.According to president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, the talks with Kershaw’s camp are “ongoingly pleasant.”The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner and the team agreed to extend the deadline on Kershaw’s opt-out decision by 40 hours until 1 p.m. PDT Friday.Kershaw can opt out of the last two years and $65 million of his contract to become a free agent for the first time in an 11-year big league career spent entirely with the Dodgers.If he chooses free agency , Kershaw could negotiate with any team, including the Dodgers.“He’s made as much of an impact as you can on an organization in terms of the success we’ve had,” Friedman said Thursday. “Not just on the field but from a culture standpoint in terms of bringing up young pitchers and emulating the work ethic, the drive.”Kershaw signed a $215 million, seven-year contract in January 2014 that calls for salaries of $32 million next year and $33 million in 2020. He was 9-5 with a 2.73 ERA this season.The Dodgers and Roberts discussed a contract extension going back to spring training without reaching a deal. Roberts has said he expects to be back next year.“It wasn’t an issue at all to kind of table it and pick it up when we were done playing,” Friedman said.Both Friedman and general manager Farhan Zaidi expressed support for Roberts, who got booed during the World Series for some of his on-field decisions.“We both feel very strongly that those strategic decisions are the result of a process,” Zaidi said. “We believe and we continue to have full confidence in his process. I also think when you start putting the microscope on little individual decisions it’s also taking credit away from the other team. The Red Sox were a terrific team.”Zaidi said Roberts’ coaching staff will be brought back next season.The Dodgers dropped under the luxury tax threshold this year after paying nearly $150 million over the previous five seasons, although Friedman wouldn’t say if Los Angeles plans to be under next year’s $206 million threshold.“There’s no question that we have plenty of resources to win a World Series next year,” he said. “The talent on hand and the flexibility to do that I think is definitely there.”Earlier this week, reported rival San Francisco was interested in talking to Zaidi about a job in its baseball operations department. Zaidi previously spent a decade working in Oakland’s front office before joining the Dodgers four years ago.“I’m not going to comment on that,” he said. “Right now my focus is on the Dodgers until you guys tell me otherwise.”The team’s top free agents are:— Manny Machado. The shortstop was acquired from Baltimore in July and played outstanding defense. But he hit .182 in the World Series and drew ire for his admitted lack of hustle and overly aggressive base-running that earned him a $10,000 fine from Major League Baseball.“It wasn’t a great look Barry Larkin Jersey ,” Friedman said. “I don’t think it got to the fact that he didn’t care. I think he did care and his teammates really liked him and respected him.”Corey Seager continues recovering from Tommy John and hip surgeries, and the Dodgers expect him back at short in time for opening day.— Hyun-Jin Ryu. The 31-year-old South Korean pitcher has spent his entire five-year MLB career with the Dodgers. The left-hander was 7-3 with a 1.97 ERA in 15 regular-season starts and spent time on the disabled list with a groin injury. He stumbled in the NL Championship Series and World Series.— Yasmani Grandal. The catcher went 4 for 29 with 15 strikeouts in the postseason. He struggled defensively in the NLCS and was replaced by Austin Barnes.The remaining free agents are relievers John Axford, Daniel Hudson and Ryan Madson, and second baseman Brian Dozier.“I’m sure there will be some turnover,” Friedman said. “How much it’s tough to say right now.”The Dodgers got one bit of business completed Thursday night, agreeing to terms with David Freese on a one-year contract after the club option of $6 million was declined.The 35-year-old infielder joined the team in August after a trade from Pittsburgh.Freese was 8 for 22 with two home runs, six RBIs and a walk in 14 postseason games while platooning at first base. He hit .385 in 19 regular-season games with Los Angeles.With Chase Utley having just retired, Freese could fill his veteran leadership role in the clubhouse.Also Thursday, the Dodgers acquired infielder Justin Yurchak from the Chicago White Sox for left-handed pitcher Manny Banuelos.