The Dodgers are discussing a new multiyear deal with manager Don Mattingly, reports Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles.com.
Mattingly is under contract through the 2014 season thanks to a $1.4MM option that vested when his Dodgers defeated the Braves in the NLDS. However, Mattingly made his desire for a multiyear contract known shortly after the season in a surprisingly candid press conference.
Mattingly has enjoyed a winning season in each of his three years as the Dodgers' manager, and the team's record has improved each year under his leadership. After wining 82 games in 2011, the Dodgers won 86 in 2012 and 92 in 2013 after a remarkable midseason turnaround that saw the team win 54 of its final 81 games (including a ridiculous 42-8 stretch).
According to Shelburne, no deal is imminent, but both sides are confident that a deal can be worked out. Even after the organization was surprised by Mattingly's comments, writes Shelburne, he remained a good relationship with chairman Mark Walter.