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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura confirmed Wednesday that he turned down a contract extension this winter, while also clarifying his reasoning.
Ventura, who was a surprise choice to take over the job following the 2011 season after the club parted ways with Ozzie Guillen, finished third in the 2012 American League manager of the year voting despite having no previous managing experience.
It's flattering and nice and everything, but in talking to [GM] Rick [Hahn], we have two more years to do this. We have good communication and everything is fine. This is my contract. I was the same way as a player.” -- Robin Ventura
During the offseason, new White Sox general manager Rick Hahn offered to add a year to Ventura's current three-year contract, which expires at the end of the 2014 season. The contract overture was first reported by Comcast SportsNet Chicago on Tuesday.
"It's flattering and nice and everything, but in talking to Rick, we have two more years to do this," Ventura said. "We have good communication, and everything is fine. This is my contract. I was the same way as a player. I'll worry about it at the end of it. I want them to think that in two years I'm still the right guy for the job.
"It wasn't anything that was a big deal, so I'm not holding out for anything or disappointed and not wanting to stay here. I think at the end of that, that's when you talk about it. I'm not worried about trying to extend anything right now. I'm more worried with this team in this spring training than I'm worried about 2015."
Ventura also suggested that potentially extending his deal at a later date gives him more assurances that his coaching staff will be extended along with him.
Hahn commended Ventura's decision to wait on an extension while also addressing the perception that his manager might not have any intention of staying beyond 2014.
"If that's the vibe that people might be getting, that's inaccurate," Hahn said. "My hope is that Robin's here for a long, long time. You can't obviously foresee the future, but I suspect when the time comes that there is a new manager it's that Robin decided personally he doesn't want to continue or he's not the right guy or the best guy to lead the White Sox at that time. My hope is that's far into the future."
In an era of decreased job security, Ventura acknowledged his decision was somewhat unconventional.
"We still have two more years to go through it," he said. "I want to focus more on what we're doing right now than worrying about me having another year."
If Hahn felt spurned that one of his first potential moves was left on the negotiating table, he wasn't showing it.
"It's really just a testament to [Ventura], how special he is in terms of his approach to this position and his focus on the job at hand," Hahn said. "He's the exception and not the rule in this game."