ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) - Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash signed a contract extension on Tuesday, keeping him with the club through the 2024 season. The club has an additional option for 2025.
"We talk about the relationship we have with the organization," Cash said. "This is a place I want to be. This is a place my family would really like to be."
Cash, a Tampa native and graduate of Gaither High School, was hired in 2015 to succeed former manager Joe Maddon.
He has managed the club through a transition period, salary reduction and in 2018, a club entering the season with a major challenge of losing starting pitching through trades and injuries.
The Rays shocked the baseball world by winning 90 games, falling short of a wild card spot in the American League with less than a week to go in the regular season.
"Last year, we got a taste of something that we want to continue," Cash said. "It seems like we have the right group in place. It's an honor to be a part of it."
Cash will begin his fifth spring training with the Rays in February, the sixth longest tenure among current Major League managers.
His "opener" concept for starting pitching was not only effective for the Rays, given their pitching staff circumstances, other clubs utilized the strategy at times.
“We couldn’t be happier with the impact that Kevin has made on our organization, an impact that extends well beyond our major league club,” said Senior Vice President, Baseball Operations/General Manager Erik Neander.
“We’re thankful for this stability and the many advantages that it provides, especially the opportunity to continue learning and improving together.”