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Dodgers, Don Mattingly agree to multiyear contract extension

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly has landed the contract extension he's been seeking.
Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly has landed the contract extension he's been seeking. (USATSI)

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The Dodgers and manager Don Mattingly have agreed to a multiyear contract extension, confirms Jon Heyman of Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles first reported the deal. We heard the two sides were making progress on Monday. An official announcement is expected later this week.

Details of the extension are unknown at this time, but Heyman says the deal will keep Mattingly in place as manager through 2016. He was already under contract for 2014. Mattingly rather candidly said he wanted an extension during his end-of-season press conference a few weeks ago.

Mattingly, 52, has been the club's skipper since 2011, when he replaced Joe Torre. The team has posted winning seasons in all three years under his watch, including a 92-70 mark in 2013. Overall, the Dodgers are 260-225 (.536) with one NL West title under Mattingly.

Expectations are rather high in Los Angeles right now. The new ownership group has spent a ton of money to improve the team and their core players (Clayton Kershaw, Yasiel Puig, Hanley Ramirez, Matt Kemp, Adrian Gonzalez, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu, etc.) are all in the primes of their careers. The time to win is now and that's the expectation Mattingly will have to meet with his new deal.

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