Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin

Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin (Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports)


(Reuters) - The Oakland Athletics rewarded manager Bob Melvin with a two-year contract extension after he led the team to a division title and was voted American League Manager of the Year, the team said on Monday.

The extension will keep Melvin, who led Oakland to a 94-68 record in 2012 that was a 20-win improvement over the previous campaign, with the A's through the 2016 Major League Baseball season, the team said in a statement.

It was Melvin's first full year at the helm in Oakland. He was named interim manager in June 2011 before signing a three-year pact three months later.

(Reporting by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Frank Pingue)