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Agent: Dodgers' Mattingly will honor final year of deal

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While the team's plans likely won't be announced until after the World Series, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly will honor the final year of his contract to manage the team, his agent told ESPN on Wednesday.

Mattingly's agent, Ray Schulte, said his client would be back next season, which is the final year of his existing four-year contract with the team.

That is, unless the Dodgers go in a different direction.

"It would be nice to have it resolved soon," his agent, Ray Schulte, said in a phone interview.

Mattingly semi-embarrassed team management at a press conference Monday when, with general manager Ned Colletti alongside him, essentially told reporters that the Dodgers should either sign him to a contract extension or allow him to move on.

"Donnie feels like he was able to say his piece, he did it for the betterment of the organization and now it's out there," Schulte said. "Hopefully we can make this a positive and move forward. "Right now he's at home, he's waiting to hear from Stan [Kasten, Dodgers president] and to talk about the future.

"There's no unrest, there's no bitterness or unhappiness. He's a big boy and he's going to deal with it and do what's best for the organization."

Mattingly said during Monday's press conference that his 2014 contract option kicked in with the Dodgers' first-round playoff series win over the Atlanta Braves. At $1.4 million, Mattingly's option is significantly lower than several other managers.

By comparison, Joe Girardi recently agreed to a new deal with the New York Yankees that would pay him more than $5 million per season.

The Dodgers started off the season slow and found themselves 9 1/2 games out of first place shortly after mid-June before righting their ship and winning 42 of their next 50 games.

They wound up winning the National League West pennant by 11 games.
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