Mattingly wants purpose for Dodgers

A wave of pricey talent bred success in 2013, but manager wants more than that

Updated: October 22, 2013, 10:11 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Monday was either the last time Don Mattingly will appear publicly as the Los Angeles Dodgers' manager, or the first day of his new long-term contract.

Any plans the Dodgers might have entertained about simply picking up the final year of his contract for next season -- which became assured when his option vested after the Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves to advance to the National League Championship Series -- are over.

He's either their guy going forward or he's out. ...

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