ORLANDO, Fla. -- Though refusing to speak about the Dodgers’ talks with Don Mattingly about a new contract, team President Stan Kasten said Wednesday that he envisions Mattingly remaining the team’s manager beyond next season.
“I hope and expect him to be the manager of the Dodgers for a long time,” Kasten said.
Mattingly, who is under contract for 2014, told MLB Network on Tuesday night that he and the club were discussing a new deal.
“We're in talks right now,” Mattingly said. “They are going good. No real hurry or rush for me at this point; I don't think for the Dodgers either. So things are good, just working, moving forward, hoping to put something together more for the long term.”
The team option for next season in Mattingly’s contract became guaranteed when the Dodgers advanced to the National League Championship Series. But in a news conference at Dodger Stadium last month, Mattingly implied he might not return without a multiyear deal.