Dodgers Notes: Koufax, Mattingly

The Dodgers have added to their pitching staff in a meaningful way this winter, signing Zack GreinkeRyu Hyun-Jin, J.P. Howell and Brandon League. Today they announced that another pitcher will join their staff, and he might be the highest profile addition of all. Here are the details…

  • The Dodgers announced that Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax will return to the organization in 2013. The 77-year-old will work with Dodgers pitchers in Spring Training and consult for the team throughout the year. “I’m delighted to be back with the Dodgers,” Koufax said.
  • Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told Bill Plaschke of the LA Times that the Dodgers declined his request for increased job security when he asked about the possibility last fall. Mattingly hoped that the club would exercise a one-year option for 2014, but they declined. "It was a 30-second conversation about the option, they said that wasn't the plan for me or my coaches, it was a moot point, and I'm fine with that," Mattingly said. In the view of GM Ned Colletti “it shouldn’t be an issue” that the Dodgers haven’t exercised the option. Mattingly, whose three-year contract will expire after the coming season, leads the list of managers and GMs entering contract years, as MLBTR's Mark Polishuk recently explained.

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