Don Mattingly will return to manage the Dodgers next season. Mattingly and the Dodgers agreed on at least that much Wednesday as both sides said they would honor their existing contract. "Absolutely" said Stan Kasten the Dodgers' president and primary decision maker. Said Mattingly's agent Ray Schulte: "Donnie's always been a man of his word and he's under contract." Only two days earlier Mattingly blindsided upper management by saying he might not be back if he had to be a lame-duck manager for a second consecutive season. Asked what changed between then and Wednesday Schulte replied "Nothing really." The Dodgers aren't expected to formally announce Mattingly's return until after the World Series during which Major League Baseball asks teams and players to not break any news. In the coming days Mattingly and the Dodgers figure to start addressing his long-term future. Mattingly's contract became guaranteed for the 2014 season when the Dodgers defeated the Atlanta Braves in a National League division series but Mattingly doesn't have any assurances beyond that. Schulte said his client is still looking for a multi-year contract. "He feels that's what's good for the organization as well as his security" Schulte said. Mattingly who couldn't be reached for comment is believed to be asking for a three-year deal. Kasten declined to discuss the possibility of a contract extension but said "I'm anticipating a happy ending." Kasten also wouldn't talk about the comments Mattingly made Monday. The time for details will be after the World Series. "We'll explain it all" Kasten said. Mattingly and Kasten haven't spoken about his future since the season ended. That was said to be one of the primary reasons Mattingly said what he said Monday. By Wednesday Schulte was describing Mattingly as being calmer about the situation. "Donnie knows he's going to talk to him" Schulte said. "It's a long off-season." But even after Schulte said Mattingly intended to manage the Dodgers next season the possibility existed that Mattingly could be fired. That was until Kasten said he had no intention of dismissing Mattingly. "I've always been a big supporter of his" Kasten said.
Don Mattingly intends to be Dodgers manager in 2014
Los Angeles Times | Oct 24