What a difference a winning streak will do your bank account. Don Mattingly appeared headed out the door in Los Angeles until the Dodgers got hot over the summer, now entering his fourth season he is looking at a multi-year extension reports ESPN LA.
Mattingly’s agent Ray Schulte declined to comment about speculation that his client and Dodgers president Stan Kasten had spoken about a new deal. Kasten also declined to speak about the matter citing his preference of working out deals in private.
Under the terms of Mattingly’s current contract he will be back for the 2014 season but surely both the team and manager will seek to avoid the national talk about his job as they seek a return to the playoffs next season.
The Dodgers struggled early on and were 9½ games out of first place on June 21. Then the streak happened as they went a franchise-best 42-8 over their next 50 games and coasted to an NL West title by 11 games.
Bench coach Trey Hillman will be the lone member of the Dodgers coaching staff who will not return. His job could be filled by third base coach Tim Wallach who interviewed for managerial positions in Seattle and Detroit.