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Don Mattingly, Dodgers discussing contract extension, per reports

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Catching up on Dodgers news of the last few days, including contract thoughts for Mattingly, Clayton Kershaw, Ricky Nolasco, plus much more.

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The Dodgers have talked with Don Mattingly about extending his contract beyond the 2014 season, per reports from both Ramona Shelburne of ESPN LA and Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.

"No deal is imminent, but there is optimism on both sides that a new deal will be completed," wrote Shelburne.

Mattingly's club option for 2014 vested when the Dodgers beat the Braves in the NLDS, but he vented at the season ending press conference at Dodger Stadium on Oct. 21 about his lame duck status, something that is quite rare for a manager to go through two years in a row.

Gurnick clarified a bit:

Implying he might not return was not a veiled threat by Mattingly that he would quit, but rather a way of addressing the uncertainty over whether the club would dismiss him because he has sought a multiyear contract, according to a baseball source.

The last few days have been busy, so here is a quick attempt to catch up on other Dodgers news: