GM Jim Hendry said today he has picked up manager Lou Piniella's 2010 team option. It's worth $4 million, and to hear Hendry talk, it's worth every penny.
"We've proven we're OK together," Hendry said. "We like each other, from a business end and personal point of view, so it's not a hard call for me at all."
Lou actually is signed longer term than is Hendry, who has until Dec. 30 to exercise his own option for next year, something he'll no doubt do. Beyond that, he says he's not worried. He also thanked Trib tsar Sam Zell for allowing the Lou extension.
"It's been a real good relationship," Hendry said. "I've always said there's no more important relationship in an organization than the GM and the manager, and that's proven true here the last year. He's been great to work with _ upfront, honest."
Mark DeRosa says he'll be fine to play tomorrow in Game 1 against the Dodgers, but Lou was hedging a bit on the lineup.
"With DeRosa, I'm an concerned a little bit about running," Lou said. "I want to see how that plays itself out today. That will help us make a decision on our roster spot, and at the same time, what our lineup will be tomorrow."
We may know more early this evening.
The NLDS logos are on the field, and there's a touch of cool in the air. Must be October baseball.