Manager Dave Roberts, Andrew Friedman to return to Dodgers

Mon Oct 14 6:27pm ET
AP Sports Writer

Andrew Friedman, president of baseball operations, discusses the Los Angeles Dodgers offseason at a news conference at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. His contract with the team expires at month's end. (AP Photo/Beth Harris)

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts talks with home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez after the second inning in Game 5 of the baseball team's National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman will be back next season.

Roberts signed a contract extension through the 2022 season last November. Friedman said Monday that he expects his own extension to be finalized in the next few days.

Roberts led the team to its seventh straight NL West title and a franchise-record 106 wins - second-most in the majors - but he's been criticized for his pitching decisions in losing Game 5 of the NL Division Series to Washington.

Friedman defended Roberts' performance in his four years with the team, including NL pennants in 2017 and '18.

Friedman also said 65-year-old pitching coach Rick Honeycutt would transition to a special assistant role next season, which would be his 15th with the Dodgers.

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