The Cleveland Indians picked up the 2013 option on manager Manny Acta Thursday, rewarding him for the team's 80-82 season.
The record was good enough for second place in the AL Central, and good enough for Acta to remain under contract for at least two more seasons.
After a 30-15 start to the season, injuries and the division-winning Detroit Tigers hit the Tribe hard. Still, an 11-game improvement from 2010 should have the Indians feeling optimistic about the 2012 season.
"When we reflect on the successes we've had and the progress we've made, it began with Manny and his coaching staff and the tone they set in spring training," general manager Chris Antonetti told the media.In two seasons with the Indians, Acta is 149-175.
That isn't the only managerial news coming out of Cleveland today. Wanting to spend more time with his family, the Indians lost pitching coach Tim Belcher. MLB.com Indians beat writer Jordan Bastian reports that first base coach Sandy Alomar Jr. is interested in the vacant manager job with the Chicago White Sox.
The next move for the Indians on the field is deciding whether or not to pick up the club option for center fielder Grady Sizemore, who has a $8.5 million club option in 2012.