Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is under contract for the 2014 season, but that doesn't mean he'll be back in the dugout next year, according to Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A. Stephen reports that Mattingly's contract option vested when he led the team to a series victory in the NLDS against the Atlanta Braves, but that he may not want to serve as a lame-duck on a one-year deal again.
Mattingly just completed his third season as the Dodgers' manager. He navigated the team to a winning record in all three campaigns, and has accrued a 260-225 record (.536 win percentage) in 485 games at the helm. This year's squad went 92-70, finished atop the NL West, and reached the NLCS; the playoff run marked Donnie Baseball's first trip to the postseason as a skipper.
General Manager Ned Colletti showed confidence in Mattingly on Friday, stating, "I have tremendous confidence and faith in Donnie," reports Stephen. While Mattingly remained non-committal during his press conference on Monday, he did hint that he would like to stay long-term, saying, "I love it here, but I don't want to be anywhere I'm not wanted."