Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly’s contract option was vested, but will he return in 2014? (photo credit: Richard Mackson, USA TODAY Sports)
The Los Angeles Dodgers’ season came to an unceremonious end with a 9-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series.
It was a strange ending as Dodger ace Clayton Kershaw only managed to pitch four innings. A telling sign of how out of sorts the Dodgers’ playoff run was, the loss dropped Kershaw’s 2013 postseason record to 0-2.
It’s certainly an odd record for a player who may very well become the next Dodger to top the $100 million mark, and likely surpass $200 million in salary.
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The 2013 season served as a great learning experience for the Dodgers. Reaching the NLCS with the amount of adversity and injuries they faced is admirable. Assuming better health moving forward, they should find themselves in the thick of things for years to come.
Securing a bright future took a couple of turns on Monday. First, it was reported the Dodgers had agreed to terms with Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero. Guerrero’s contract is believed to be a four-year, $28 million deal.
Then, during a Monday press conference described by those in attendance as uncomfortable and tense, Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly revealed his contract option for next season was vested when the Dodgers defeated the Atlanta Braves in the NL Division Series.
“That doesn’t mean I’ll be back,” Mattingly said as he sat with Colletti. Mattingly’s lack of a contract extension has been well-documented, and it appears to have reached a boiling point.
After surprisingly saying he may not return to manage the team, Mattingly went on to detail how tough of a season it was, something he largely downplayed when previously questioned.
He described himself as a lame duck, and said he felt as though he was in a position where his decisions were questioned. ”I’m basically trying out,” Mattingly said.
The embattled coach often came under fire, particularly early in the season when the team was greatly underachieving. A 42-8 stretch came and Mattingly was seemingly in everyone’s good graces, except management, who still refused to sign him to an extension.
For what it’s worth, Mattingly, who was hired by Colletti, has the support of the general manager.
“I have tremendous confidence and faith in this guy,” Colletti said.
With open managerial positions in Cincinnati, Detroit, and Washington, Mattingly has options.
Fortunately, a resolution should be forthcoming.
“It’s going to be resolved very quickly,” Colletti said.
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