Baker Offered One Year Extension

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Dusty Baker is prepared to take his time

weighing an offer to manage the Cincinnati Reds again next season.

The Reds have offered Baker a one-year contract extension for

the 2011 campaign, but he has yet to give the club an answer and

certainly wants to weigh his options. Cincinnati opened its

three-game series against Baker's former team in San Francisco on

Monday night with a 72-52 record, making a push at the franchise's

first playoff berth since 1995.

Being Baker is in a pennant race in the NL Central, he might

create other opportunities for himself. There could be managerial

openings on a third of the clubs this offseason, with 14 skippers

in the final year of their contracts.

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