Don Mattingly doesn't look as if he will be a lame-duck manager again this year.
Mattingly and the Dodgers are finalizing an agreement that would extend his contract beyond the upcoming season, according to people familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been completed.
Mattingly's current deal is guaranteed through the 2014 season. The contract was originally set to expire at the end of last season, but was automatically extended by another year when the Dodgers advanced to the National League Championship Series.
Rather than be relieved, Mattingly practically demanded a contract extension at the end of the season. Of his lame-duck status, he said, "Really what it does, it puts me in a spot where everything that I do is questioned because I'm basically trying out or auditioning to say, 'Can he manage or can he not manage?' To me, it's at that point where, three years in, you either know or you don't."