Tribe has Wedge through 2007

The Indians extended manager Eric Wedge’s contract through the 2007 season, with club options for 2008 and 2009. It really looks like Mark Shapiro is building something special with a young roster that’s potentially set up to compete for the next several years, and locking Wedge up now (along with many of his coaches, including Eddie Murray, Buddy Bell and Joel Skinner) gives the franchise a sense of stability as it transitions from a promising team to a contending one.

Of course, Wedge earned this extension because of the work he did during a two-year rebuilding phase. Now we’ll see how he handles the pressure of expectation. From the looks of it, this team plays hard for Wedge and responds well to his managerial style, and I would expect more of the same as the Indians continue to improve.

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