9:46 PM: This is a two-year option deal, John Heyman from MLB Network Tweets.
8:38 PM: Marlin and manager Don Mattingly have agreed to a contract extension, according to Daniel Alvarez-Montes of El Extrabase ( Twitter link ). The deal will be officially announced tomorrow at a press conference.
Mattingly's four-year contract had expired after the season and there was much speculation that the captain's time in Miami was coming to an end. Mattingly was retained by Jeffrey Lori's property and new CEO Derek Jeter said only last month that top management had not yet decided whether to keep Mattingly after the 201
While Jeter and company cleaned up to a large extent, the house in the Marlins organization since the Bruce Sherman property group bought the team in 2017, some key employees have been retained, most notably Mattingly and baseball operations president Michael Hill. Their treaties could have played a role (Hill is also in a long-term deal that goes on until 2020), though the fact that Mattingly now remains is certainly a confirmation that Jeter's regime has not been completely eliminated from delays since the Lori days.
In fact, it's hard to blame Mattingly for the 272-364 record he carries as Marlins' manager. The esteemed 79-82 campaign in 2016 was marred by the tragic death of Jose Fernandez at the end of the season, 2017 was a write-off of 77-85, dominated by the upcoming team sale and rumors of another sale of a fire from the Marlins' best players and a miserable record of 116-197 over the past two seasons have led to the results of this fire sale. The fish are on pace to break the 100-loss threshold for the third time in franchising history.
Somewhat surprisingly, Mattingly's 636 dugout games already make him the longest serving manager the Marlins have ever had, which speaks to this organization more or less the first day. Mattingly's retention will provide some sense of stability as the Marlins make up a new core group of young talent in their last rebuild.
One of the biggest stars of the game in the 1980s, during his playing days with the Yankees, the 58-year-old, old Mattingly, is about to finish his ninth year as manager. Miami's struggles brought Mattingly's career manager record (718-727) under the .500 mark as he enjoyed five years of winning baseball with the Dodgers from 2011-15, which included three NL West titles.
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