Online sports betting experts have confirmed that the Los Angeles Dodgers are discussing a new, multiyear contract with manager Don Mattingly.
Even while the deal is not oficial, there is a lot of optimism on both sides that a new deal will be completed.
The team’s president Stan Kasten previously stated Mattingly would return in 2014 for the final year of his contract, which vested when the team defeated the Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series.
Kasten did notcomment on the situation, citing his long-standing policy of handling contract negotiations in private. The coach’s agent Ray Schulte also declined to comment.
The 52 year-old veteran had put pressure on the front office during a news conference at the end of the season to either extend him a multiyear contract offer or move on without him, saying he had been frustrated with his status as a “lame-duck” manager during the season. Since then, things have cooled off.
While Mattingly’s comments were a suprise at first, support for him remained strong, the team’s sources have confirmed. The Indiana native had been so low key about his situation during the season, it was unclear how frustrated he had become, according to reliable sources.
Mattingly has maintained a good relationship with the Los Angeles team’s chairman Mark Walter, sources indicated. And while Kasten generally deferred questions about the coach’s contract to the offseason, he publicly praised him several times throughout the season, even as the Dodgers stumbled out of the gates and fell 9½ games out of first place on June 21.
As YouWager bettors know, the L.A. team then went on a franchise-best 42-8 run over the next 50 games and wound up winning the NL West by 11 games before losing against the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Championship Series.