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Don Mattingly 'Under Contract', Will Manage 2014
Despite the strange press conference on Monday, it appears that Don Mattingly will manage the Dodgers in 2014 lame-duck status or no.
"Donnie's always been a man of his word and he's under contract," Mattingly's agent Ray Schulte told the L.A. Times.
President Stan Kasten also confirmed that Mattingly will be back in 2014. As for talks of an contract extension? Kasten didn't want to get into it with the World Series media embargo in place, but he did tell the Times that he anticipated a "happy ending".
It's clear that Mattingly wants a multi-year contract. Why not give it to him?
With a new bench coach coming next season perhaps steering Mattingly from his bunt-happy ways, just give him the security to let him do his job properly. If it doesn't work out, part ways. I know the team doesn't want to spend money like drunken sailors anymore, but money is clearly not a problem for them. The money they'll have to shell out for firing Mattingly is a mere pittance.
Having said all of this, the offseason is long. Just because things look optimistic today, things can change quickly. But at least things seem peaceful for now.