Where things stood with his contract continues to be a hot topic as he’s only signed through 2014 and at the end of the season, Mattingly said that he wouldn’t return unless he received a multi-year deal. A few days later, he backtracked off those comments and said he would honor the last year of his contract in hopes of landing an extension.
Talking to Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com, Mattingly discussed the current state of his crowded outfield:
Mattingly said he is preparing as if all four outfielders will remain with the club, saying it’s a good problem to have.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) December 10, 2013
In the first day and a half of the Winter Meetings, the Dodgers outfield situation has been the center of attention. It was reported yesterday that GM Ned Colletti was talking to four teams about either Matt Kemp or Andre Ethier as a deal feels like it’s inevitable.
Kemp’s agent, Dave Stewart, flew down to Orlando and has been running his mouth that he’s never heard this much talk about a player without a trade going down. At this juncture, teams don’t sound totally sold on Kemp’s medical reports as he’s still in a walking boot after off-season surgery and also had shoulder surgery.
Mattingly went so far as to say that he believes he can find a way to find playing time for all four outfielders, but it remains to be seen which one would be the odd man out. Still, a trade feels like it could and should happen if not at the Winter Meetings sometime during the off-season as the Dodgers don’t need the headache of outfield questions all season long.
ICYMI: The Dodgers and reliever Brian Wilson agreed to a one-year deal last week