The Phillies recently shed the "interim" tag from Ryne Sandberg's title and signed him to a three-year deal as the team's new skipper. Elsewhere in the NL, rumors are circulating about the security of Dale Sveum's job with the Cubs, and over in the AL, many are wondering about Joe Girardi's future now that his contract with the Yankees is ending. Here are some more links pertaining to managers and their contract situations…
- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly hasn't had any discussions regarding a new contract for 2014, and he's just fine with that, writes Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. Mattingly says he's content to be leading his team into October, and isn't thinking about his future with the team beyond that at this time: “This would be the worst time to talk about something like that. There’s no talk – and no need.”
- Royals general manager Dayton Moore wants manager Ned Yost to return in 2014, he tells Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star. Dutton quotes Moore: "…Ned has done a terrific job, and I definitely want him back. We’ll sit down and talk about it. Contractually, Ned’s up, and we’re going to work together to negotiate a new deal." Owner David Glass said last week that the decision on Yost's future is entirely in Moore's hands. Moore told Dutton that he and Yost have an agreement that there will be no discussions until after the season, but it certainly sounds as though Yost isn't going anywhere.
- Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune and Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times were among the reporters that spoke with Mariners manager Eric Wedge prior to today's game as he addressed his job situation. Wedge said that he's disappointed that he's been left "hanging out there." Wedge said the constant speculation and uncertainty surrounding his future with the team isn't fair to him or the players. He elaborated by explaining that it's tough to have one-on-one talks with young players about how to improve and build for the future when both members of the conversation know that Wedge may not have a future in the organization at all.