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MLB: LA Dodgers, Don Mattingly Working on Extension
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MLB: LA Dodgers, Don Mattingly Working on Extension

Jan 6 2014, 8:00pm CST | by

The Los Angeles Dodgers and manager Don Mattingly are working on a contract extension

The Los Angeles Dodgers and manager Don Mattingly are reportedly making progress on a new contract extension.  Dylan Hernandez of The Los Angeles Times wrote on Jan. 6 that Mattingly was...

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MLB: LA Dodgers, Don Mattingly Working on Extension

Jan 6 2014, 8:00pm CST | by

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The Los Angeles Dodgers and manager Don Mattingly are working on a contract extension

The Los Angeles Dodgers and manager Don Mattingly are reportedly making progress on a new contract extension. 

Dylan Hernandez of The Los Angeles Times wrote on Jan. 6 that Mattingly was uncomfortable with this current contract situation, which keeps him in L.A. until after the 2014 MLB season. 

However, Mattingly is said to be satisfied with how his conversations with team ownership went, per Hernandez. 

"Don Mattingly and the Dodgers are moving toward a contract extension, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke under the condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been finalized.

"Mattingly, 52, is under contract for only next season. His deal became guaranteed for 2014 when the Dodgers advanced to the National Championship League Series. 

"Mattingly was uncomfortable with his lame-duck status last year, something he voiced in an awkward October news conference in which he said he might not return next season.

"At baseball's winter meetings last month, Mattingly said he stood by what he said in October. However, Mattingly described himself as 'comfortable' and said he was satisfied with the nature of his conversations with the team's owners."

Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com had a conversation with the Dodgers manager on Oct.21, 2013 to explain his lame-duck status. 

"This has been a frustrating tough year, honestly. I think when you come in with a club like this, basically as a lame duck, with payroll and the guys that you have, it puts you in a tough spot in the clubhouse. 

"We dealt with that all year long, and it puts me in a spot where everything I do is questioned. I'm basically trying out or auditioning. 

"To me we've reached that point, three years in you either know or you don't."

For his part, Alden Gonzalez of the Dodgers' official website spoke with Mattingly during the winter meetings to get his sentiments on the contract extension issue. 

"I love where I'm at. I'm proud to be representing the Dodgers and managing their club. We're in talks right now. Things are going good. No real hurry or rush for me at this point -- I don't think for the Dodgers, either."  

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal also confirmed the progress between Mattingly and the Dodgers when he tweeted on Jan. 6,"Dodgers making progress on Mattingly extension. Deal expected to be done soon." 

Mattingly took over as Dodgers manager in 2001, replacing Joe Torre. He has guided the club to three winning seasons ever since, amassing an overall record of 260-225 (.536). He was also instrumental in helping the team lock up the National League West title in 2013, per Mike Axisa of CBS Sports.  

 
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Cafardo’s Latest: Aoki, Ross, Friedman

Nov 2 2014 9:10am CST | Source: MLB Trade Rumors

Here are some of the highlights from the latest Sunday notes column by Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe… The White Sox will have “a lot of interest” in free agent outfielder Nori Aoki, Cafardo predicts. David Ross was told by Red Sox GM Ben Cherington earlier this week that the club “wanted to see how the roster shook out before making a commitment to” bring back the veteran catcher.  Cafardo specula ...
Source: MLB Trade Rumors   Full article at: MLB Trade Rumors
 

 
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2015 World Series Odds: Dodgers, Nationals are Joint, Early Favorites

Oct 31 2014 3:10pm CDT | Source: The Big Lead

The 2014 baseball season is over. The Giants won another World Series, did you hear? Madison Bumgarner was awesome and received a new Chevy Truck. The new season doesn’t begin until April, 2015 but the odds for which team will be pouring beer and champagne all over each other a year from now is already available. (Make sure to get a picture of your ticket so you can gloat — or rip it up — on social media.) The Dodgers and Nationals top the list with the best odds at 15/2, despite the fact ...
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3 weeks ago

5 Questions, 5 Answers: Joe Maddon, Terry Collins, Jeff Wilpon and PR

Oct 30 2014 8:07am CDT | Source: mets blog

The day he opted out of his contract with the Rays, Joe Maddon’s friends speculated he would have interest in the Cubs and Mets.4 However, Mets COO Jeff Wilpon was quick to announce the Mets would not be changing managers, despite Maddon’s availability.1,2 The Cubs are expected to announce the hiring of Maddon in the next few days.5,6 Matthew Cerrone: I’m getting a lot of questions about Maddon; what happened; did the Mets have ...
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4 weeks ago

Latest On Joe Maddon

Oct 24 2014 3:49pm CDT | Source: MLB Trade Rumors

Joe Maddon shocked many people by opting out of his contract with the Rays today and has now become the most coveted managerial free agent in recent history. While early speculation was that he’d follow former GM Andrew Friedman to the Dodgers, Friedman and the Dodgers have issued a statement backing Don Mattingly as their manager, definitively stating that Mattingly will manage the Dodgers next season. There’s bee ...
Source: MLB Trade Rumors   Full article at: MLB Trade Rumors
 

 
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4 weeks ago

What's Next for Joe Maddon's Managerial Future After Shocking Opt-Out?

Oct 24 2014 1:56pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

So then, are there any takers for a two-time Manager of the Year with a .552 winning percentage since 2008 and an American League pennant to his name? A guy like that just so happens to be available, you know. As reported by ESPN's Buster Olney early Friday afternoon, Joe Maddon has chosen to exercise an opt-out clause in his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays, effectively making himself a free agent: This should feel like a shock, but it strikes a balance between being ...
Source: Bleacher Report  Full article at: Bleacher Report
 

 
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4 weeks ago

Joe Madden Leaves Tampa, Are The Rays Next?

Oct 24 2014 12:22pm CDT | Source: SportsGrid

Joe Madden is, without much hesitation, the coolest, most creative manager in professional baseball. Had he never come to the Rays in 2006, Tropicana Field might be a giant indoor dog park by now. That’s because Tampa — a city without much of a corporate presence to buy season tickets — routinely finishes dead last in average attendance. This year was no different. Did the fate of the franchise wei ...
Source: SportsGrid   Full article at: SportsGrid
 

 
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4 weeks ago

Manager Joe Maddon is a free agent, where will he end up?

Oct 24 2014 12:14pm CDT | Source: mets blog

Rays manager Joe Maddon has opted out of his contract and will be leaving the team, according to reporter Buster Olney (ESPN, Oct. 24). The Rays lost long-time GM Andrew Friedman to the Dodgers earlier this off season. The Dodgers recently announced that Don Mattingly will remain their manager in 2015. The Mets made a similar statement about Terry Collins during the final days of the regular season. Maddon and th ...
Source: mets blog   Full article at: mets blog
 

 
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4 weeks ago

Joe Maddon has opted out of his Rays contract

Oct 24 2014 11:46am CDT | Source: Yardbarker: MLB

Let the Joe Maddon Derby begin – the Tampa Bay Rays manager has opted out of his contract with the club, rending him a managerial free agent. Here's what Principal Owner Stuart Sternberg had to say regarding Joe Maddon's departure from the #Rays: pic.twitter.com/klaNMgX4w0 — Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) October 24, 2014 This wasn’t really unexpected, as rumors of Maddon’s resignation as Rays manager have been swirling since the departure ...
Source: Yardbarker: MLB   Full article at: Yardbarker: MLB
 

 
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4 weeks ago

Joe Maddon opts out of Rays contract

Oct 24 2014 11:33am CDT | Source: SBNation

Maddon is leaving the Rays, but he's not necessarily headed to the Dodgers. Rays manager Joe Maddon isn't sticking around in Tampa Bay after all, as the longest-tenured manager in the organization's history has exercised an opt-out clause on Friday according to ESPN's Buster Olney. This comes on the heels of general manager Andrew Friedman leaving the Rays to become the President of Baseball Operations for the Dodgers on a five-year, $35 ...
Source: SBNation   Full article at: SBNation
 

 
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4 weeks ago

Manager Maddon opts out of contract with Rays

Oct 24 2014 11:29am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Joe Maddon, one of baseball’s most widely-respected managers, became an intriguing free agent Friday after opting out of his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays. Maddon’s contract had been scheduled to expire following the 2015 season, but he exercised an opt-out clause instead. “Joe enabled himself to explore opportunities throughout Major League Baseball,” Rays owner Stuart Sternberg said. ”He will not be managing the Rays in 2015. Jo ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 

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