Don Mattingly will be back as manager of the Dodgers next season with a new three-year contract that takes him through 2016, quieting speculation that his future with the club was somehow in doubt. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)
Los Angeles — Don Mattingly will be back as manager of the Dodgers next season with a new three-year contract that takes him through 2016, quieting speculation that his future with the club was somehow in doubt.
A person familiar with the agreement, speaking on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized, said Mattingly is getting a raise from the $1.4 million he made last year. By comparison, Yankees manager Joe Girardi, entering his seventh season in New York, is starting a four-year, $16 million agreement after completing a three-year, $9 million deal.
Mattingly had sought the stability of a multiyear deal.
“I just want guys to know the organization has confidence in you is important to me as a manager,” Mattingly said by phone from his offseason home in Evansville, Ind.
Mattingly is 260-225 in three seasons with the Dodgers, who reached the National League Championship Series last year, triggering an extension of his contract that was set to expire at the end of the season.
He was runner-up for NL manager of the year last season.
Last winter, Dodgers officials declined to exercise Mattingly’s option for 2014, a move he believed portrayed him as a lame-duck in the clubhouse.
In an awkward October news conference after the Dodgers were eliminated by St. Louis in the playoffs, Mattingly said the organization put him in a difficult position by not exercising the option. The front office didn’t clarify his status for 2014 that day, which frustrated Mattingly.
“I knew my contract had vested. I thought that at least that would have been said that day,” he said. “It kind of got left open and that’s what got me going a little bit. If I had to do all over again, I would have preferred it to be in-house. I wish I had kept it inside and dealt with it face-to-face with those guys.”
The next day, the team didn’t pick up the contract option of coach Trey Hillman, who was Mattingly’s right-hand man on the bench.
Shortly thereafter, Mattingly spoke with majority owner Mark Walter and team president Stan Kasten, who let him know they wanted him back.
“I was comfortable with where it was going to go,” Mattingly said. “I knew at that point we’d get something done.”
General manager Ned Colletti said the deal was mostly done three weeks ago, but the club waited until after a flurry of offseason signings and the holidays ended to announce it.
“It’s well-deserved,” he said. “The traits of the man are really work ethic and making sure he can be as successful as he can be and not leaving anything per chance. That’s one of the main reasons I hired him three years ago.”
Mattingly began his career with the Dodgers in 2008 as a hitting coach under Joe Torre, who mentored Mattingly and endorsed him as a successor after Torre retired.
Puig video released
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig begs a trooper who clocked him going 110 mph in Florida to let him go and later chides himself in the back seat of a police car for driving so fast, video released Wednesday shows.
The 23-year-old Cuban defector was charged with reckless driving in a 70 mph zone in Naples, Fla.
Puig, who lives in the Miami area during the offseason, told the trooper he wasn’t speeding for most of the two-hour trip north. The officer, however, is unsympathetic.
“This is your mom? Oh, you’re going to jail. You are putting your mom in danger, oh hell no,” the trooper says in Spanish on Dec. 28 to Puig. “Why were you driving that fast? You don’t care about anyone’s life in the car?”
Puig responds: “Yes, I do care. I’m sorry. Please forgive me.”
Puig was clocked going 97 in a 50 mph zone in Tennessee last April. Those charges have been dropped.
Puig signed a $42 million, seven-year contract in June 2012, a record for a Cuban defector. He received a $12 million signing bonus and made $2 million last season.
Around the horn
Yu Darvish is staying home in Japan to train instead of traveling to Texas later this month to accept his award as the Rangers’ pitcher of the year.
... The Astros have hired Tarrik Brock as their first base coach, replacing Eduardo Perez, who will not return.
Pat Listach, who was hired to coach first base in October, will instead be Houston’s third-base coach.
... Kevin McGuiness, a lawyer who has spent a decade heading a lobbying firm in Washington, D.C., has been hired as the No. 2 official of the Major League Baseball Players Association under new union head Tony Clark.
... Longtime Phillies broadcaster Chris Wheeler is out after nearly four decades in the booth and Gary Matthews isn’t returning as color analyst. Among those thought to be potential replacements are former Phillies closer Brad Lidge, Chris Coste, a backup catcher, and former All-Star closer Ricky Bottalico.