Los Angeles Dodgers announced Thursday Don Mattingly will not continue with the team

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Don Mattingly and the Los Angeles Dodgers mutually agreed to end his contract.

Mattingly, who still had one year remaining with the team discussed an extension this past weekend. He felt uncertain about the Dodgers’ long-term commitment to him.

Mattingly discussed the situation with Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, general manager Farhan Zaidi and senior vice president of baseball operations Josh Byrnes for a couple of days, after the conclusion of the season.

“As our end of season process began, we discussed the past year, our future goals, necessary changes, roster needs and other matters relating to next year’s campaign,” Friedman explained in a statement. “As the dialogue progressed daily, it evolved to a point where we all agreed that it might be best for both sides to start fresh. We decided to think about it for a couple of days and when we spoke again, we felt comfortable that this was the direction to go. I have the utmost respect for Donnie and thoroughly enjoyed working with him this past season. I want to thank him for his hard work and collaboration, as well as his accomplishments, including three consecutive National League West titles. I wish him nothing but success in the future.”

Several teams, including the Miami Marlins would be interested in Mattingly. San Diego, Seattle and Washington also have current managerial openings.

“I’m honored and proud to have had the opportunity to manage the Los Angeles Dodgers,” Mattingly informed in a statement. “I’ve enjoyed my experiences and relationships with the organization’s staff and players throughout my eight years in L.A. After meeting with Andrew, Farhan and Josh, we all felt that a fresh start would be good for both the organization and me. We talked about several scenarios, including my returning in 2016. However, I believe this is the right time and right move for both parties. I’m still very passionate about managing and hope to get the opportunity in the near future. In the meantime, I want to thank the Dodger organization, the city and our fans for the opportunity and wish the club well going forward.”

These might be possible replacements for Mattingly, the team’s farm director Gabe Kapler, Chicago Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez and former San Diego Padres manager Bud Black.

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