A trip to the National League Championship Series is enough to secure Don Mattingly at least one more year as manager of the Dodgers, reported by both Ken Gurnick of MLB.com and Jon Heyman of CBS Sports on Tuesday.
Mattingly signed a three-year deal to manage the Dodgers at the end of the 2010 season, replacing Joe Torre at the helm. Mattingly would have been a free agent at the end of the season, but at the very least his $1.4 million option for 2014 will be exercised, as reported by both Gurnick and Heyman, as well as Bob Nightengale of USA Today on Monday.
The deal is expected to be announced after the season, and could possibly extend beyond 2014. Heyman spoke with Dodgers managing partner Mark Walter before Tuesday's NLCS Game 4 at Dodger Stadium:
"I think he's done a good job," Walter told CBSSports.com before Tuesday night's NLCS game vs. the Cardinals. "We're in the NLCS."
Mattingly was very nearly fired earlier in the 2013 season, when the Dodgers started 30-42 and were floundering in last place with a payroll north of $230 million, even with dealing with various injuries. But on June 22 the Dodgers began a winning streak that saw them go 53-13 (.803) for over 10 weeks to take control of the National League West.
The Dodgers returned to the playoffs for the first time in four seasons, and are currently down three games to one to the Cardinals in the NLCS. In three seasons managing the Dodgers, Mattingly is 260-225 (.536).