Just seven days after mutually parting ways with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Don Mattingly has been hired by the Miami Marlins as their new manager, according to Molly Knight of VICE Sports.
Knight's source claimed that the deal between the Marlins and Mattingly is for four years. Miami will make an official announcement after the World Series between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals.
Mattingly, 54, will become Miami's eighth manager since 2010, which shows how desperate they are for a playoff appearance.
If anyone knows about taking a team to the playoffs, it is Mattingly. The former Dodgers manager took Los Angeles to three straight National League West titles, which guarantees a postseason spot. Over five seasons, Mattingly finished with a record of 446-363.
While the Dodgers and Mattingly agreed to go their separate ways, Los Angeles still needs to pay him the remaining money he is owed for the 2016 season.
The manager will most likely miss the league-high payroll that he was given to work with in Los Angeles. In Miami, he will work with younger athletes and less payroll. To be exact, the Dodgers led the majors with a $270 million payroll, compared to the Marlins at $69 million, which is dead last. If Giancarlo Stanton and Jose Fernandez have stellar seasons, the Marlins could make some noise down the stretch under Mattingly.
Mattingly will need to keep a good reputation with the Miami front office. In Los Angeles, the manager struggled to stay on the same page as those above him. Jeffery Loria could see some trouble with Mattingly, but if he can bring in some big names in the near future to help a young team, the relationship should be just fine.
The 54-year-old hit .307/.358/.471 over his entire 14 year career, all with the New York Yankees. Mattingly compiled 222 home runs and 1,099 RBI. He won the American League Most Valuable Player in 1985 with a .324 batting average, 35 home runs and 145 RBI over 159 games played.
Throughout his entire coaching and playing career, Mattingly still has not found his elusive World Series ring. He will look to take the Marlins to a championship for the first time since 2003, which qualify for Mattingly's best moment as a player or coach.