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Reports: Mattingly, Dodgers close to new deal

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Manager Don Mattingly is nearing a contract extension with the Los Angeles Dodgers, multiple media outlets reported Monday.

Mattingly faced an uncertain future last season, and rumors swirled that he was on the verge of getting fired before the team went on a 42-8 run and ultimately won the National League West title by 11 games.

The Dodgers advanced to the NL Championship Series, which kicked in a clause in Mattingly's contract, guaranteeing his $1.4 million contract for 2014.

His deal is set to expire after this year.

According to both the Los Angeles Times and Fox Sports, the team and the manager are getting closer to a new contract.

The Dodgers' 92-70 record last season improved Mattingly's three-year record in Los Angeles to 260-225.

Mattingly, 52, was a six-time All-Star during a 14-year major league playing career, all spent with the New York Yankees. In 1985, Mattingly was the American League's Most Valuable Player.

He served as the Yankees' hitting coach from 2004-06, then as the Yankees' bench coach in 2007.

Joining former Yankees manager Joe Torre in Los Angeles, Mattingly took over as the Dodgers' hitting coach in July 2008, then succeeded Torre as manager in 2011.
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