LOS ANGELES Three days after their season ended, the Dodgers still have not decided whether to bring back Don Mattingly -- an inaction that has the manager perturbed and perplexed.
Mattingly remains a lame duck, although he said Monday that the option year in his three-year contract became vested when the Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves in the first round of the National League playoffs.
"But that doesn't mean I'll be back," he added.
So far, there has been no contract offer beyond next season and, in fact, no assurance the team wants him to return in 2014. General manager Ned Colletti said at a news conference at Dodger Stadium that the subject would be discussed in the coming days.
"This is going to be resolved very quickly," he said.
There is no explanation for the holdup, but it's clear Mattingly is in limbo despite taking the team to an NL West division title and within two games of reaching the World Series.
In what was clearly an awkward...