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Ned Yost plans to return as Royals manager in 2018

Royals manager Ned Yost said he plans to return for 2018, the final season on his contract and his ninth with Kansas City.

"Was there ever a question about it?" the 63-year-old Yost said Friday. "One more year, two more years, we'll see what happens."

The Royals are unlikely to make the postseason this year. They are 75-78 and sit 4 1/2 games back of the second wild-card spot in the American League.

Yost, who has the most wins among Royals managers at 624, said he wants to set a "firm foundation" for the franchise before leaving Kansas City.

"I'm not walking away," he said. "For me, I love this organization. And to be able to transition some of these young players, it's going to be easier for me to do it than anybody else. So, yeah, I want to be a part of it for a little bit longer."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.