White Sox Extend Manager Robin Ventura

(CBS) The White Sox and manager Robin Ventura have agreed to a multi-year contract extension.

The team announced the news on its Twitter account Friday, just hours before the White Sox’s annual fan convention got started at the Palmer House Hilton downtown. The terms of the extension, including the length of the new contract, were not released.

“Jerry (Reinsdorf), Kenny (Williams), Robin and I have had many conversations about our objectives in both the short and long term,” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement.  “We are in complete agreement with the direction and vision for this organization in 2014 and beyond. I have great confidence that Robin’s leadership and direction will help us reach our goals, and there was never really any question in our minds as to who we wanted in the White Sox dugout now and into the future.”

The extension ends speculation that this would be Ventura’s last year with the White Sox, as some questioned whether or not he wanted to remain the manager after this season.

“We have been on the same page since day one, but I’m very happy to have this behind us so we can continue to keep our focus on the playing field,” Ventura said. “I’m excited about the direction of the club and the moves we have made this offseason, but there is still a lot of work to be done so I think we’re all ready to get to spring training and get started.”

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