A's extend Beane, Crowley through 2019

A's extend Beane, Crowley through 2019
February 7, 2012, 9:47 pm

The A's have agreed to contract extensions with general manager Billy Beane and President Michael Crowley that will keep the executives with the Athletics through the 2019 season, owner Lew Wolff announced in an interview with Bloomberg Television Tuesday.

Beane and Crowley are expected to sign their extensions in the next 30 days.

The A's finished the 2011 season 74-88 and in third place in the AL West. They have not reached the playoffs or finished above .500 since 2006 when they finished 93-69 and made it to the AL Championship Series -- the high watermark of Beane's tenure in Oakland.

Beane has been the GM since the end of the 1997 season. In 2005, he was given a contract extension that locked him up through the 2012 season. With his contract already extended through next year, the franchise and its GM won't be hindered by any contract talks of their own.

There has been speculation over the years that the Red Sox wanted Beane in Boston, but he turned down an offer after the 2002 season to stay in Oakland.

Crowley took over as President after the 1998 season.

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