Dusty Baker is prepared to take his time weighing an offer to manage the Cincinnati Reds again next season.

The Reds have offered Baker a one-year contract extension for the 2011 campaign, but he has yet to give the club an answer and certainly wants to weigh his options. Cincinnati opened its three-game series against Baker's former team in San Francisco on Monday night with a 72-52 record, making a push at the franchise's first playoff berth since 1995.

Being Baker is in a pennant race in the NL Central, he might create other opportunities for himself. There could be managerial openings on a third of the clubs this offseason, with 14 skippers in the final year of their contracts.