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Dodgers have talked extension with manager Don Mattingly

Feb 24, 2013, 12:03 PM EST

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Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is entering the final chapter of a three-year contract that he signed in 2010. So it’s time to start printing more pages.

According to beat writer Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers officials have spoken to Mattingly recently “about a new contract,” though there’s no hurry to get anything done this spring.

“We’ve talked to Don a lot about what he does and doesn’t want right now,” Dodgers chairman¬†Mark Walter said Saturday at the team’s spring training complex in Arizona. “I think you might see something come up before the end of the year.”

Mattingly holds a 168-155 managerial record in his two seasons with the Dodgers. That’s all well and good, but the stakes are significantly higher now that the club boasts the largest payroll in the major leagues.

Mattingly does hold an option¬†for 2014, but the Dodgers don’t want to pick it up quite yet.

  1. sonoco - Feb 24, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Why?

    • kingscourt25 - Feb 24, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      A 168-155 record with that roster they’ve had the last two years is pretty damn good.

  2. smcgaels1997 - Feb 24, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Ridiculous to discuss extension now…he has a lot to prove this year. Colletti contemplating yet another moronic move

  3. cackalackyank - Feb 24, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    I think this was put out there in an attempt to try a difuse a ticking media time bomb. With Magic among others being on record as saying this is Mattingly’s season to deliver, it could have become a circus if there wasn’t a carrott of some kind on the end of that stick.

  4. jiminthebay - Feb 24, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    he’s IN THE BEST SHAPE OF HIS LIFE.

  5. icanspeel - Feb 24, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    The talks of the extension were probably.. “You win this season, you get one and if you don’t win then no extension”

    • craigbhill - Feb 24, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      I hope you’re right. Mattingly NEEDS a carrot. He is that lackadaisical a manager with on-field moves and lineups. The game they were eliminated last season revealed Mattingly at his typical worst, and the owners took note.

      I hope they told told him “WIN and you’ll get the extension” just to shut up the likes of Torre, who had no right—he works for all 30 teams—butting in to Dodger business. Torre’s owner, McCorpse, is just that.

  6. genericcommenter - Feb 24, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    They have the highest payroll, but too bad a lot of it is tied up in below-average players.

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