In an extraordinary show of confidence, the Orioles announce contract extensions for manager Buck Showalter and executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette late Wednesday afternoon.
Showalter was extended five seasons and Duquette for four in contracts that will take them through the 2018 season.
A press conference to announce the contracts will take place on Thursday morning.
Showalter’s extension had long been anticipated, but one for Duquette was done quietly.
Duquette was given a three-year contract when he accepted his job in Nov. 2011, and Showalter a deal that was set to expire at the end of this coming season when he was hired in Aug. 2010.
The Orioles qualified for the postseason as they posted their first winning season in 14 years last season, and after the final game of their ALCS series with the Yankees, owner Peter Angelos said he would talk with Showalter and Duquette about extensions.
Angelos’ son Louis, is scheduled to represent the family at the press conference.