Reaction to Kevin Cash's contract extension that has him signed with the Rays through 2024, with a one-year option:
Rays veteran CF Kevin Kiermaier:
"Today is a great day for the Tampa Bay Rays organization extending Kevin Cash. We all know what he brings to the table with a loose atmosphere in the clubhouse allowing us to be ourselves, but once we get out on the field he expects us to turn on our game faces and do whatever it takes to help win a ballgame. It's been an absolute pleasure playing for him since 2015 and watching him grow as a manager. All he asks us to do is buy into our system and strategy along with playing the game the right way. Pretty simple stuff, but it goes a long way for us players and we are happy that he is the captain of the ship."
Rays LHP Blake Snell:
"I'm excited to have him here for a guaranteed amount of time with this young group that I think he's done an amazing job with teaching and leading by example!"
Rays 3B Matt Duffy:
"Awesome news. Although not surprising, it's well deserved and I'm excited to see how we can build on the success with his continued leadership."
Rays 1B Jake Bauers:
"I'd say it's well deserved for sure. He's approachable, you can always talk to him, whether it's joking around or something serious. H's very player friendly. … As far as the commitment it seems like we are committing to what we started this year and I think that everyone should be excited for those years to come."
Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg:
"Kevin's abilities, leadership and character have exceeded our lofty expectations. I look forward to having him and his family a part of our organization for the years ahead."
Kevin Cash received deserved extension through 2024. Great job by him this year. Would be manager of year in normal year but Melvin and Cora were crazy good.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) October 9, 2018
Kevin Cash just got a new contract that extends out to 2024. Bob Melvin's new deal remains at conversational stage.— Ray Ratto (@RattoNBCS) October 9, 2018
David Pinto, baseballmusings.com:
"It's nice to see Cash rewarded for embracing innovation and making it work for the Rays. Unfortunately, opinions can change about a manager quickly if the team starts losing, and then the Rays are stuck. Of course, the Rays front office thinks differently, so I bet they can tell the difference between poor managing and a poor team performance."