Don Mattingly says he's happy as a Dodger

Rich Pilling

LOS ANGELES -- Reports from South Florida suggest the Miami Marlins don't plan on going into 2016 under manager Dan Jennings and that one of their preferred replacements is the Los Angeles Dodgers' Don Mattingly.

Yeah, Mattingly saw that report. Or, at least he heard about it. His son, Preston, called him Wednesday.

"He's the one that keeps me informed about anything that's going on," Mattingly said. "I have no idea where that comes from. I'm happy. I'm not worried about anything as far as that goes. I'm happy where I'm at. I like being here. I feel like I'm a Dodger."

Mattingly didn't want to elaborate beyond that. Presuming the Dodgers make the playoffs, it would be their third straight trip there under Mattingly. No previous Dodgers manager ever got his team to the postseason in three straight seasons.

Then again, the new front office of Andrew Friedman inherited Mattingly from former general manager Ned Colletti. Mattingly had no previous ties to any of the major three decision-makers above him in baseball operations -- Friedman, general manager Farhan Zaidi or vice president for baseball operations Josh Byrnes. Also, no team has ever had a payroll anywhere close to the Dodgers' -- approaching $300 million -- so there's no telling how far they might have to go to save Mattingly's job.

Mattingly is signed through 2016. He grumbled about his uncertain status shortly after the 2013 season, after the team declined to announce his option had been triggered with a first-round win over the Atlanta Braves. After an awkward press conference, with Colletti sitting right next to him, the Dodgers rewarded Mattingly with a three-year contract extension.


The only thing the Dodgers are prepared to share about their pitching plans for the next series, at San Diego, is that Mat Latos will start Thursday night's game. Mike Bolsinger will be inserted into the rotation at some point, probably Friday, temporarily giving the team a six-man rotation.

Bolsinger said he has not been informed when he will pitch. He has been throwing bullpen sessions every day to stay ready.