Los Angeles Dodgers owner Magic Johnson wants to build a dynasty like the New York Yankees but divulged Thursday they won't be trying to steal the Yankees' biggest star to help make it happen: free agent second baseman Robinson Cano. "I can't talk about the other guy'' Johnson said "but you already know that guy in New York is going to be paid. Not by us. But he's going to get paid.'' The Dodgers who have a National League record $234 million payroll instead will focus their attention on re-signing ace Clayton Kershaw who started Game 1 of their National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves. When asked that Kershaw's price tag may only rise with a fabulous postseason Johnson laughed and said: "We're not worried about that. We already know we've got to give him a lot of money. What's a few more zeroes. I mean really?'' The Dodgers still have not provided manager Don Mattingly a contract extension but Johnson said he has been pleased with Mattingly's performance and steady demeanor. The Dodgers will meet with Mattingly after the season he said and discuss his fate. "Donnie has been pushing the right buttons'' Johnson said "and the fans love him. … But this is not the time to talk contract right now. After this is over with everybody will see where they are and go from there. So right now we just want to enjoy this moment.'' "We've always been fair to everybody as you see.'' Johnson also reminded that he uttered the words "World Series or Bust'' in spring training certainly didn't back away from his expectations. Anything short of a World Series championship Johnson said simply isn't good enough. "That will always be my feeling'' he said. "Whether that's everyone else's feeling that's another thing. That was my feeling as a basketball player. When I was with the Lakers it was all about winning a championship. "Now am I trying to put that type of pressure on my team? No. So if you don't win it all you've have to say "Well it isn't' the season that we wanted. Now are we growing and making great strides no question about it. No question about it. "I'm going to take this all day long even if we lose this series. But at the same time I want our attitude to be: "We want to win it all.''
Magic says Dodgers won't pursue free agent Cano
USA Today | Oct 4