Don Mattingly set to talk contract

Updated: October 24, 2013, 10:50 AM ET
By Ramona Shelburne and Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers will bring back manager Don Mattingly for at least one more season, team president Stan Kasten confirmed Wednesday evening.

"Of course," Kasten said. "I never had any thought he would renege on his contract. It was never a question for me."

Kasten wouldn't elaborate beyond that, honoring a Major League Baseball policy that teams not make major announcements during the World Series, but sources with knowledge of the situation said the Dodgers intend to begin dialogue with Mattingly on a new contract in the next few days.

"We feel confident Stan will be reaching out to to Don within a few days, but we don't know his timetable," Mattingly's agent, Ray Schulte, told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Wednesday. "We understand the Dodgers won't be making any comments concerning those conversations until after the completion of the World Series."

Mattingly put pressure on the front office during a news conference Monday -- with general manager Ned Colletti at his side, no less -- to either extend him a multiyear contract offer or move on without him, saying he had been frustrated with his status as a "lame-duck" manager during the season.

The final year and $1.4 million of Mattingly's three-year contract vested after the Dodgers advanced to the National League Championship Series.

Before Mattingly went into the news conference Monday, he'd been given no indication of whether the club intended to extend his contract beyond next season, in effect putting him in the same "lame-duck" position as 2013. That played a part in his decision to express his frustration with the situation publicly.

"Donnie feels like he was able to say his piece, he did it for the betterment of the organization and now it's out there. Hopefully we can make this a positive and move forward," Schulte said earlier Wednesday. "Right now he's at home, he's waiting to hear from Stan and to talk about the future."

While Kasten had generally deferred questions about Mattingly's contract to the offseason, he has publicly and privately supported him numerous times throughout the season, even as the Dodgers stumbled out of the gates and fell 9½ games out of first place on June 21.

The Dodgers then went on a franchise-best 42-8 run over the next 50 games and wound up winning the NL West by 11 games before losing in the NLCS.

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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