New deal runs through '06, with '07 option

CINCINNATI -- Manager Dave Miley got a long-awaited show of confidence Monday from the Cincinnati Reds' front office, which extended his contract through the 2006 season.

Miley, 42, had little security when he took over for the fired Bob Boone in July 2003. He finished that season as the interim manager and then got only a one-year extension with a club option for 2005.

The Reds had the best record in the NL last June before the pitching staff imploded and injuries gutted the starting lineup. Cincinnati finished 76-86.

It was the Reds' fourth straight losing year, their longest such stretch since going from 1945-55 without a winning record.

The team announced last month that it was picking up the option, keeping Miley around for next year. The new deal reached on Monday runs through 2006, with a club option for one more year.

Players had lobbied for Miley to keep his job, pointing out that he brought stability to a team that was in chaos after Boone and general manager Jim Bowden were fired.

The Reds lost 93 games in 2003, their first season at Great American Ball Park.