LOS ANGELES — Don Mattingly said Monday that his 2014 contract option vested with the Dodgers' NL Division Series victory over the Braves, but he isn't sure he'll be back as manager next season.
He said that the organization put him in a difficult position with his players by not exercising a team option going into the final year of his three-year deal.
"It's been a frustrating, tough year, honestly," he told reporters while sitting next to general manager Ned Colletti.
"It puts me in a spot that everything I do is questioned because I'm basically trying out and auditioning, can you manage or can't you manage? That's not a great position for me as a manager."
Mattingly's option worth $1.4 million would allow him to return, but the team has yet to say anything about his future.
Colletti said Mattingly's status would be "resolved very quickly." It was apparent that Mattingly would like a multiyear deal.
"It's pretty easy to figure out," he said.
REDS TO NAME MANAGER: Pitching coach Bryan Price will be named the successor to fired manager Dusty Baker, several media outlets reported. Price, 51, who has been with the team since 2010, is expected to be introduced at a news conference today. It will be his first managerial job after 14 years as a pitching coach.
A-ROD SAGA: Alex Rodriguez's lawyers were blocked from holding a news conference with a person they described as a "major league baseball whistleblower" when the commissioner's office obtained an order from the arbitrator hearing the case. The Yankees third baseman is appealing a 211-game suspension for his connection to a defunct Miami-area clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.
AILING STAR: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera might need surgery to repair a tear in his groin that bothered him late in the regular season and hobbled him in the playoffs.
NATIONALS: Third-base coach Trent Jewett interviewed for the vacant managerial position. He's the fourth known candidate for the job, joining Washington bench coach Randy Knorr, Padres executive Brad Ausmus and Diamondbacks third-base coach Matt Williams.
YANKEES: The team is dropping the price on 9,000 seats next season, raising the cost of 2,000 and leaving the rest the same while building a new lounge and 10 additional suites.