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Ryan to talk to Gardenhire about future with Twins

Ryan to talk to Gardenhire about future with Twins

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, who doesn't have a contract for next season, expects to know his situation early next week.

Gardenhire said he plans on meeting with general manager Terry Ryan shortly after the season ends to discuss his future with the club. That meeting and decision is expected to happen as soon as Monday, as the Twins don't want to distract from baseball's postseason, which begins on Tuesday.

Gardenhire, who has managed the team since 2002, is the second-longest tenured manager in baseball behind the Angels' Mike Scioscia. He has 998 career victories with two more games to go this season. He's led the franchise to six division titles, but the Twins have lost more than 90 games in each of the last three seasons.

"We'll talk," Gardenhire said. "I don't have an opinion on anything other than trying to get through two games and see if we can win a game or two and go from there. We'll see how it all shakes out. I'm hoping to have a conversation with Terry about everything. I want to see what his plan is."

Ryan said he still hasn't made any decisions regarding the club's coaching staff next season. He said he'll wait until after the year to talk to Gardenhire about his contract status, and if he'll remain the manager moving forward.

"We know the importance of that conversation," Ryan said. "So it'll happen, and it'll happen soon."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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