Source: Don Mattingly returning

Updated: October 19, 2013, 8:16 AM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

ST. LOUIS -- The Los Angeles Dodgers did not announce the fate of manager Don Mattingly following Friday's season-ending, 9-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series, but a club source affirmed that Mattingly will be back for at least one more season.

Dodgers president Stan Kasten and general manager Ned Colletti said they will meet with Mattingly in the next few days to try to iron something out.

The Dodgers have a 2014 option on Mattingly's contract that would need to be picked up at some point in November, but it's believed they've also talked to his agent about a multiyear extension.

The Dodgers discussed firing Mattingly in June, when the team fell into last place in the NL West, 9½ games out of first place, but the team turned it around, winning 42 of 50 games at one point in July and August. The Dodgers also were the first team to clinch berths in both playoff rounds.

"We'll have time to discuss that, but not right now," Kasten said. "We as an organization will have time to say anything publicly about it. Now is not the time."

The Dodgers are 266-230 under Mattingly. This was the first time in his three seasons as manager they reached the postseason.

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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