The Dodgers picked up the options of coaches Rick Honeycutt, Davey Lopes, and Tim Wallach today, according to Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com. Also Mark McGwire will return because he’s already under contract. Trey Hillman‘s option was declined, so that leaves John Valentin, Ken Howell, and Chuck Crim in the wind for now, according to Eric Stephen of True Blue LA.
So what does this mean for Don Mattingly? All signs point him returning now with a multi-year contract and basically the same staff, as he wanted. The exception being the previously discussed bench coach position, which will likely change, as management was rumored to have wanted. They’re going to want another coach with managerial experience, so I’m hoping for Manny Acta, but that’s yet to be determined.
I’m actually not overly optimistic it will be Acta, but here’s hoping it’s somebody with a history of logical decision-making and not a Dusty Baker-type.
Also of note is that the Dodgers fired advance scout Wade Taylor.
Sources: #dodgers fire bench coach trey hillman and advance scout wade taylor. The 2 are close to mattingly.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) October 22, 2013
So he’s apparently close to Mattingly, but I have no idea what relevance that could have.