The Cubs today signed Mike Quade to a two-year contract to extend his stint as interim manager. Included in the deal is a club option for a third season.

Quade took over in August for Lou Piniella and led the Cubs to a 23-14 record.  Should Quade manage the Cubs throughout the life of the contract, it will make him team’s longest-tenured interim manager since Don Baylor lasted almost three seasons in the early 2000s.

“Mike started his time as interim manager by getting the sorry team I built to play better than .600-ball,” said GM Jim Hendry. “Based on that remarkable feat alone, we decided he’s earned the right to continue as our interim manager for at least two more seasons.”