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NL Central Notes: Bryan Price extension, Pirates free agents

The latest from around the NL Central.

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Reds Manager Bryan Price will return next season and have a club option for 2018, the team announced Friday.

Price, who initially served as Cincinnati’s pitching coach, has managed the club for the last three seasons.

While the Reds have been attempting to rebuild and have been plagued by injuries, Price hasn’t had much success as a manager, posting a 207-277 record entering play Saturday.

Though the Reds have struggled throughout 2016, they posted a winning record in July and are only a game under five-hundred since the All-Star Break.

More from around the National League Central:

  • Theo Epstein carefully constructed the Cubs’ roster, which features a talented core headed to the postseason.

  • Despite what you might believe, the Brewers are not far from making the playoffs.

  • Regardless of Price’s extension, the Reds had difficulty winning games. How should Cincinnati fans characterize their season?

Standings ‘as of writing’:

Cubs 102-57 —GB

Cardinals 84-76 18.5 GB

Pirates 78-81 24.0 GB

Brewers 71-89 31.5 GB

Reds 67-93 35.5 GB