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Mattingly hopes for long stay in Miami

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MIAMI — Moments into his introductory news conference with the Marlins, Don Mattingly peeled off his sport coat to try on a team jersey for the cameras.

"I'm hoping I'm not sweating underneath," he said with a smile.

Mattingly hasn't lost a game yet, and he's already feeling the heat. That's the nature of working for impatient, impetuous Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, who's on his seventh manager since June 2010.

But Mattingly, hired after five seasons with the Dodgers, is optimistic he'll end the Miami managerial merry-go-round.

"I signed a four-year deal," he said Monday. "I plan on being here at least 10.''

That sounds good to team president David Samson, who can only try to joke about the Marlins' instability while enduring six consecutive losing seasons.

"I got a call from an executive of another team asking about our advice on hiring a manager," Samson said. "We're good at it. We do it every year. … We committed that we wanted this to be the last manager's press conference we ever did. We've done too many."

Loria didn't attend the news conference, but in a statement he described Mattingly as a "long-term solution."

Perhaps it will help that New York native Loria grew up a Yankees fan, and Mattingly was a six-time All-Star first baseman for the Yankees.

Three Rays to hit market

The end of the World Series means the start of free agency for 139 major leaguers, including three Rays — shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, DH/outfielder John Jaso and outfielder/DH Grady Sizemore.

Teams have a five-day window to re-sign the players; as of 12:01 Saturday they are free to sign elsewhere. No preemptive action is expected, so all three Rays are headed to the open market, with Cabrera seeking a multiyear deal that likely will take him elsewhere. Jaso and Sizemore have indicated they are open to returning.

NATS BACKTRACKING?: The Nationals, who were believed to be close to hiring Bud Black as manager, appear to now be leaning toward Dusty Baker, cbssports.com reported. Baker, 66, managed for 20 years before being fired by the Reds after the 2013 season.

SHAPIRO INTRODUCED: Mark Shapiro hoped for a smoother start to his new job as president and CEO of the Blue Jays. The longtime Indians executive spoke at a news conference eager for details about last week's departure of general manager Alex Anthopoulos, the architect of the Blue Jays' first playoff team since 1993. "Not the transition that I originally expected, not the opening press conference that I envisioned," Shapiro said. Shapiro said Tony LaCava will serve as interim general manager.

Times staff writer Marc Topkin contributed to this report.

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