Mattingly remarkably mum on his contract status

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Nobody on the Dodgers offered anything resembling an update Tuesday on reported contract extension talks between the team and manager Don Mattingly.

At his first public appearance at baseball's winter meetings, Mattingly was greeted with 17 consecutive questions about his contract status, all of which he answered with a variation of, "I don't want to talk about it."

The 18th question was whether he now felt "sure" the team wanted him as its manager for the long term. Mattingly had expressed his doubts at an awkward end-of-season news conference when he also announced his 2014 option triggered when the Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves in the first round of the playoffs.

"Everything I said that day, I'm not backing off anything I've said," Mattingly said. "I don't want to talk about it anymore."

Dodgers president Stan Kasten and general manager Ned Colletti also declined to discuss whether the team is negotiating an extension.