A’s extend manager Bob Melvin, VP Billy Beane and GM David Forst

The A’s, coming off a surprising 97-win season, have reached multiyear extensions with executive VP of baseball operations Billy Beane, GM David Forst and manager Bob Melvin, the team announced Monday.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Melvin’s extension runs through 2021 and will put him among the top four or five highest-paid MLB managers at roughly $3.5 million per season. Forst’s extension is for four years and will take him through 2023, the Chronicle reported, adding that “Beane’s contract length is unknown, but the expectation is that (his) long-term involvement will continue indefinitely, particularly considering his ownership stake in the club.”

Sporting News’ 2018 AL Manager of the Year, Melvin, 57, is 634-599 in seven-plus seasons with the A’s and has led the team to the postseason four times.

A’s ownership last winter denied the Yankees’ request to interview Melvin for their manager’s job that eventually went to Aaron Boone but at the time didn’t extend or add any money to Melvin’s deal that ran through 2019.

The team’s 97 victories in 2018 were its most since 2002 as the A’s made the playoffs for the first time since 2014, a shock on the heels of three consecutive last-place finishes in the AL West.

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The A’s are 1,703-1,607 in 20 years under Beane, 56, whose mix of analytics and roster-building strategy were the centerpiece of “Moneyball.”

Forst, 42, has been in the A’s organization for 19 years, the last three as GM. According to the Chronicle, multiple teams have targeted him over the past decade, but he has turned down opportunities to interview for vacant GM positions. “(I)n recent years (he) has made it known that he is not interested in working for any other clubs,” the Chronicle reported.

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