Paul Molitor’s return as the Twins manager seems set, but the team made no announcement about a contract Friday.
According to a source with knowledge of negotiations, the sides continue to make progress toward a multiyear deal, and there have been no significant hangups. Talks have expanded beyond the financial aspects of the deal to include which coaches and supporting staff in the clubhouse and other areas will return next season.
Molitor’s three-year contract expired at season’s end. The manager and the team’s coaches had meetings Thursday with Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey and General Manager Thad Levine, and a source confirmed Molitor and the team were negotiating a new contract.
There were indications the deal would not be finalized until early next week. Falvey had been tentatively set to speak to media members either Thursday or Friday to discuss the season, but that meeting was never scheduled in the wake of the Molitor news.
The Twins were the first team to make the Major League Baseball playoffs after a 100-loss season, rebounding from a 59-103 record in 2016 to go 85-77 in 2017. They earned the second wild-card berth in the American League before losing to the Yankees 8-4 on Tuesday in a one-game playoff in New York.
Molitor, 61, has a three-year record is 227-259 despite two winning seasons. The team’s 2016 led to the dismissal of GM Terry Ryan and the arrival of Falvey and Levine. The new regime agreed when it arrived last November that Molitor would manage the 2017 season, the final year of his contract.
Molitor, a St. Paul native, is in the Baseball Hall of Fame after a 21-season playing career that ended with three seasons in Minnesota.