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LA Dodgers finalize deal with manager Don Mattingly

By Michelle Kapusta,

The Los Angeles Dodgers have finalized a deal with manager Don Mattingly that keeps him with the team the next three seasons.

According to the Associated Press, the team announced Wednesday that Mattingly inked an extension that will take him through the 2016 season.

Mattingly has been at the helm for the past three years and has a record of 260-225 overall, ESPN notes.

Last season, after a slow start, the Dodgers heated up at the right time and ended up winning the NL West. They later lost in the NLCS to the St. Louis Cardinals.

The team has decided to keep everyone else on the staff except for bench coach Trey Hillman.

General manager Ned Colletti said the team's manager has done a great job with the Dodgers and that he deserves the new deal.

The move to keep Mattingly, who was promoted after Joe Torre left in 2010, is not surprising. What is surprising is that it took this long. Most people believed that the 52-year-old’s contract would have been extended during or even before last year's playoff run.

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