October 9, 2018 / 6:02 PM / 13 days ago

Rays reward manager Cash with extension through 2024

Fresh off a stunning 90-win campaign, Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash received a multi-year extension on Tuesday, the team announced.

FILE PHOTO: Sep 4, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash (16) returns to the dugout during the sixth inning at an MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports

The extension runs through the 2024 campaign, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The Rays hold a club option for 2025.

Cash guided the Rays to a 90-72 mark this season, his fourth with the club. He is 318-330 overall.

“Obviously my family and I are thrilled and incredibly humbled,” Cash told the Tampa Bay Times. “I don’t know if surprised is the right word, or flattered that they were willing to give me that long of a deal.

“This shows the long-term commitment from the Rays in wanting to see this through and continue to get the organization back to where it was in (playoff seasons) 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013.”

Tampa Bay won 10 more games than 2017 as Cash went to an unorthodox way of using his pitching staff.

Cash began using an “opener,” a reliever to pitch an inning or two to begin games, and the Rays finished third in the majors with a 3.50 ERA. Tampa Bay also has a leading candidate for the American League Cy Young Award in left-hander starter Blake Snell (21-5, 1.89).

The Rays set club records for starting pitchers used (17), total pitchers (31), total players (54) and rookies (23).

“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,” general manager Erik Neander said in a statement. “We’re thankful for this stability and the many advantages that it provides, especially the opportunity to continue learning and improving together.”

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