The Los Angeles Dodgers may have their leader of the future, as it seems that they have reached a deal with current manager Don Mattingly.
According to Ramona Shelburne via Buster Olney of ESPN, the two sides have come to terms with keeping Mattingly in Los Angeles:
Our @ramonashelburne reporting that the Dodgers have reached an extension agreement with Don Mattingly; official announcement forthcoming.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) January 7, 2014
The deal is said to be for the next three years, meaning Mattingly will remain in the Dodger dugout until 2016. The terms of the agreement haven’t been released on the extension. Mattingly was adamant about getting a deal done after saying that he didn’t want to be a “lame duck” manager for the 2014 season. He stated that he might not return to the team if a new deal wasn’t done before backing off and agreeing to fulfill his contract for the next season. Management said that they were planning on getting a deal done with their third-year manager.
Mattingly led the Dodgers to within two games of the World Series, falling to the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS in six games. The 52-year-old was on the verge of losing his job early in the year when the team was in last place and fell to 12 games under .500 in June. The Dodgers were expected to come in and be a top contender for the World Series after the blockbuster deal during the 2012 season and the signing of Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu. The struggles were attributed to injuries but Mattingly was still feeling the pressure until the team went on a 42-8 stretch that put them in first place in the NL West. Mattingly led the team to their first NL West title since 2009, two years before he took over for the retiring Joe Torre.
The Dodgers now have put their faith in Mattingly, hoping he will reward the organization with their first World Series championship since 1988.
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