Melvin won't let contract be a distraction

Melvin won't let contract be a distraction

MILWAUKEE -- One of Brewers general manager Doug Melvin's best friends earned some job security on Friday, when the Reds signed GM Walt Jocketty to a three-year contract extension through 2014. If Melvin gets a similar vote of confidence, it would not come until after the season.

Melvin, 59, whose trades for pitchers Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum have helped vault the Brewers to the top of the National League Central, already has a contract through 2012.

"Doug, with everything going on with the team, doesn't want any distractions," principal owner Mark Attanasio said. "After the season, I'm sure, it's something we could talk about. Obviously, we are very happy with Doug. We have one of the three best records in baseball."

Jocketty was the second NL Central GM to earn an extension this month, joining Pittsburgh's Neal Huntington. The difference is distinct; both Jocketty and Huntington had contracts set to expire after this season, while Melvin's runs through 2012.

He has been Brewers GM since September 2002.