A's offer Macha three-year, $2.6M deal

A's offer Macha three-year, $2.6 million deal

ANAHEIM -- A's manager Ken Macha had a two-hour chat with general manager Billy Beane on Monday. It was a serious talk about serious business, including the three-year, $2.6 million contract proposal that Beane has presented to Macha's agent, Alan Nero.

When the chat with Beane was over, Macha went golfing.

"Two hours was enough," Macha told MLB.com by phone Tuesday. "I had to get out of there, so I went and played golf at a Special Olympics event and tried not to think about anything but hitting the ball straight."

The next few days don't figure to be so simple. Nero, Macha said, was going to present a counter-proposal to Beane at some point Tuesday.

"This is a starting point in the negotiations," Macha said. "Billy laid out what he thinks is fair, and now Alan's going to lay out what he thinks is fair."

Broken down to an annual average, the deal Beane presented represents more than a $200,000 increase over what Macha made in the final year of the three-year contact with the club that expired Sunday night. Macha, though, probably could command an ever larger raise on the open market.

When the Dodgers and Jim Tracy parted ways Monday, it swelled the number of managerial openings to four. That doesn't include Baltimore, which hasn't decided on interim manager Sam Perlozzo's status, and Washington, where Frank Robinson's future could be affected by a change in ownership.

"Kenny's a free agent," Beane said Tuesday afternoon. "We know that, and that's certainly a factor in these negotiations."

Macha has long said that money won't be the only issue come decision day, and while he prefers not to elaborate, it's no secret that Beane and Macha have clashed on occasion over the past couple of years.

"It's not like I can't work with the guy," Macha said. "I can. ... We had a good talk [Monday]. It was a productive meeting. Now Alan's going to talk to Billy, and we'll see where it goes from there. It's in their hands now."

"I think it was positive," Beane said of the meeting. "It wasn't a negotiation. We've made an offer, and they're going to counter."

Asked if he would be surprised if the situation weren't resolved by Friday, Beane said, "The fact of the matter is, it shouldn't be."

"We want to move this along quickly for the sake of both parties," he added. "If we can't get something worked out, we want Kenny to have as much time as possible to take advantage of the opportunities that are out there for him. And if we need to find a new manager, obviously we'd want to get moving on that quickly, too."

Meanwhile, Macha was enjoying -- sort of -- a little more down time Tuesday afternoon while he waited for word from Nero.

"I'm cleaning the bathroom of my apartment right now," he said. "I'd rather be golfing."

Mychael Urban is a national writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.