Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Team manager Don Mattingly successfully pressured the Los Angeles Dodgers front office to begin multi-year contract negotiations.
Frustrated with his status as a “lame-duck” manager during the season, Mattingly asked the team to make a multiyear contract offer or to move on without him during a press conference.
Mattingly was expected to honor the final year of his contract.
Dodgers president Stan Kasten was confident Mattingly would be back.
“I’ve always thought that [he was coming back next year]. I’ve never had any doubt about that,” Kasten said.
“We feel confident Stan will be reaching out to to Don within a few days, but we don’t know his timetable,” said Mattingly’s agent, Ray Schulte.
The final year and $1.4 million of Mattingly’s three-year contract vested after the Dodgers advanced to the National League Championship Series.