The Dodgers have talked to Manager Don Mattingly about a new contract, the team's chairman said Saturday.

"We've talked to Don a lot about what he does and doesn't want right now," Mark Walter said. "I think you might see something come up before the end of the year."

Walter didn't offer any details. Mattingly didn't either. However, Mattingly confirmed talks had taken place.

Both parties were unclear about the seriousness of the discussions.

Mattingly is in the final year of a three-year contract. Not wanting his lame duck status to adversely affect his players, he asked the Dodgers last fall to exercise his option for 2014. His request was denied.

Mattingly will manage a team with a projected payroll of $230 million, which will be the highest in baseball history.

The Dodgers started their exhibition season with a 9-0 loss against the Chicago White Sox at Camelback Ranch on Saturday. Walter was at the game, as were fellow owners Todd Boehly and Peter Guber.

As much as the new owners already have spent on players, Walter said they could spend more, if necessary.

"I think in terms of who the players are, what we need and what our options are, rather than a total budget," he said.