Royals rumors: Ned Yost return in 2014 not a 'slam dunk'

Jamie Squire

Yost has led KC to its first winning season in a decade, but that may not be enough to keep him at skipper next year.

Royals manager Ned Yost may have guided Kansas City to its first winning season in a decade and put the club on the precipice of a postseason berth, but he's still not a "slam dunk" to return as manager in 2014, reports Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star.

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Dutton has gotten no indication -- "not even a whiff" -- from anyone in the organization that there is a timetable of any kind for discussing a possible contract extension for Yost. While that could signify a variety of things, Dutton believes it means that Yost's return for a fifth season as Royals manager is not assured.

While the team's record has improved in each season since he took the helm in May 2010, the expectations for the club (within the organization, at least) were incredibly high this year. As a result, anything other than a playoff berth may potentially be viewed as a disappointment.

The Royals are currently three games back of the second AL Wild Card spot with six games left to go. Baseball Prospectus has their odds of making the postseason at just 1.5%, so the club will need something of a miracle to reach October baseball.

A two-time winner of  Manager of the Year -- 2005 and 2007, with the Brewers -- Yost owns a 281-326 record in his four years at the helm in Kansas City. His four years and counting as the Royals manager marks the longest tenure for a KC skipper since Tony Pena back in the early aughts.

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