Don Mattingly says he'll manage Dodgers next season 'for sure'

Don Mattingly says he'll manage Dodgers next season 'for sure'
Manager Don Mattingly continues to negotiate with the Dodgers for a multiyear contract. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Don Mattingly appeared Wednesday on AM 570's "Dodger Talk" and confirmed that he would manage the Dodgers next season "for sure."

As for a new contract, Mattingly said, "We've had discussions. Everything's going really well."


Mattingly said in a news conference after last season that he wasn't certain he would return next year, but he said in the radio interview Wednesday that that statement had been the result of "some confusion." He didn't specify what the confusion entailed.

"You want to make sure you're in a place you're wanted," he said.

Does he feel he's wanted now?

"I feel good," he said.

"Dodger Talk" cohost David Vassegh said that in a portion of the interview that wasn't aired, Mattingly said Hanley Ramirez could move from shortstop to third base if the Dodgers fail to re-sign Juan Uribe.

Vassegh said Mattingly also told him that Robinson Cano’s name hasn’t come up in any internal discussions about free agents.