LOS ANGELES -- On Andrew Friedman's first day as president of baseball operations for the Dodgers, there were many questions but not many answers. But one thing was made clear - that Don Mattingly will manage the Dodgers in 2015.
"Definitely [Mattingly will manage in 2015]," Friedman said. "We're aligned on a lot of things philosophically."
Friedman said he has had two phone conversations with Mattingly, and both have went well.
"There was a lot of back and forth. I had a lot of respect for him as a player, and then from afar enjoyed his work and have heard really good things about him," Friedman said. "It's only two conversations, but both of us are going into it excited about the opportunity to work together and how we can complement each other."
Friedman and Mattingly plan to get together next week, presumably to discuss the coaching staff. Friedman wouldn't comment on potential changes to the staff, except to say that discussions are ongoing.
Mattingly is 354-293 (.547) with two division titles in his four years as manager, but the club has advanced to the National League Championship Series just once, bowing out in the NLDS this season. Mattingly is under contract through 2016, but that hasn't stopped rumors of Joe Maddon, the Rays manager for the last nine years in Tampa Bay - all under Friedman - potentially joining his former boss in Los Angeles.
"I have a tremendous personal relationship with Joe. He's a very good friend of mine. We have a really good professional relationship as well. That being said, he's working with Matt Silverman and the baseball operations people there, and I'm excited about working with Donnie," Friedman said. "I've had one manager in the 10 years I've been doing this, and I look forward to working with Donnie for a long time."
Maddon's contract runs out in 2015, though he and Silverman have said this week that both sides would like Maddon to remain in Tampa Bay beyond next season. Until that extension gets signed, expect the speculation to remain.