By Houston Mitchell
8:33 AM PDT, October 22, 2013
Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly wants a multiyear contract. He made that very clear at a news conference Monday, when it was revealed that he already earned a one-year contract when the Dodgers defeated Atlanta in the NLCS.
“My option vested once we beat Atlanta,” Mattingly said. “That doesn’t mean I’ll be back.“It’s been a frustrating, tough year honestly,” Mattingly said. “Because I think when you ... come in basically as a lame duck and with the [$230-million] payroll and the guys that you have, it puts you in a tough spot in the clubhouse.
“So we dealt with that all year long, and really what it does, it puts me in a spot where everything I do is questioned. Because I’m basically trying out, auditioning to say, `Can you manage a team or not manage?’ It’s a tough spot. To me it gets to that point where, three years in, you either know or you don’t.“When you’re put in this position, the organization basically says, 'We don’t know if you can manage or not,'" Mattingly said. “That’s the position I’ve been in all year long. So that’s not a great position for me as a manager. That’s the way the organization wanted it last year. That’s fine. At this point, it is what it is.”
General Manager Ned Colletti said the club has scheduled organizational meetings over the next few days, and it appears a decision on whether to offer Mattingly a multiyear deal will be reached in those meetings.
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