The Reds have extended the contract of general manager Walt Jocketty by three years, keeping him at the helm of baseball operations through the 2014 season.
"We've made a lot of progress in this organization," he said. "But we have a long way to go. It was good to sit down with (owner) Mr. (Bob) Castellini and work this out. We want to grow this organization to point where we're perennial contenders."
Jocketty's contract was up after this season, leading to speculation about other jobs.
"It's always flattering," Jocketty said of the speculation. "I came here for a reason with my relation with Mr. Castellini and the Williams family. I came with a goal to build this organization into a winner. We're not quite there yet. There's still a lot of business to take care of."
Jocketty said Castellini shares his vision.
"Absolutely," Jocketty said. "He wants to win. He sees the progress we've made and felt good about it. He wants to keep the continuity."
Manager Dusty Baker and his entire coaching staff will return for 2012. All are under contract.
"It's great for the city," Baker said. "It's great for Walt. It's great for the organization. He's a quality man. I've known him a long time. He's the same."
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