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Mattingly taking over as Marlins manager

Don Mattingly went to the playoffs the past three years in L.A. but never won a title.

Don Mattingly went to the playoffs the past three years in L.A. but never won a title.

MIAMI — Don Mattingly is moving to a different coast and a new payroll neighborhood.

Mattingly was hired as manager of the Marlins on Thursday, less than a week after he parted with the Dodgers, the Associated Press and Miami Herald reported.

Mattingly, who interviewed Monday, faces a big adjustment regarding resources. The Dodgers led the majors by far this year with a payroll of $289.6 million at the end of the regular season; the Marlins ranked last at $64.9 million, and little change is expected in 2016.

While Mattingly finished above .500 in each of his five seasons in Los Angeles, Miami is coming off its sixth consecutive losing season, going 71-91 and finishing 19 games behind the Mets in the NL East.

But the Marlins were riddled by injuries and their roster is full of young, talented players, led by slugger Giancarlo Stanton, ace Jose Fernandez of Alonso High and NL batting champion Dee Gordon.

Mattingly, 54, went 446-363 in five years with the Dodgers and won the NL West the past three years, but went 8-11 in the postseason.

In Miami, Mattingly succeeds Dan Jennings, who made the unusual move from general manager to manager in May.

The team fired Jennings, ending his 13-year association with the team. President of baseball operations Michael Hill will assume the responsibilities of general manager.

Padres pick Green

SAN DIEGO — Andy Green, hired as the Padres' new manager, said it's his job to figure out how to get a talented roster.

Green, who had been third-base coach of the NL West rival Diamondbacks, takes over a team that underachieved despite general manager A.J. Preller's aggressive offseason roster makeover. San Diego finished 74-88 and fourth in the NL West, 18 games behind the Dodgers.

"Expectations were extraordinarily high here last year, right?" Green said. "The city was brimming with optimism it was going to get what it waited for a long time, a chance to be back in the playoffs and to compete for a World Series. That expectation didn't do anything to raise the performance level."

Jays GM leaves: Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos left the team on the day he earned executive of the year honors from his peers. He rejected an offer to remain in what might have been a diminished role under its new president. Former Indians president Mark Shapiro is taking the same role in Toronto. The Sporting News announced Anthopoulos was chosen executive of the year on Thursday. "I don't know that I've had to make a harder decision in my life," Anthopoulos said. "I just didn't feel like this was a right fit for me going forward."

Norris surgery: Tigers left-hander Daniel Norris said he had successful surgery on the cancerous growth on his thyroid. Norris said on Twitter and Instagram that he is "Cancer Free" — he had announced last week that he was having the malignant growth removed.

Rockies: The team declined a $9 million mutual option on Justin Morneau and bought out the first baseman for $750,000.

Mattingly taking over as Marlins manager 10/29/15 [Last modified: Thursday, October 29, 2015 10:08pm]
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