LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The National League West champion Los Angeles Dodgers are discussing a new multiyear contract with Manager Don Mattingly, according to ESPN Los Angeles.

The report says both sides of the deal expressed “optimism” that a new deal will be completed.

The final year of Mattingly’s contract vested when the Dodgers defeated the Atlanta Braves in the league division series. But after the Dodgers lost the National League Championship Series to the St. Louis Cardinals,  Mattingly said he felt frustrated having to manage in the final year of his contract without any assurance of coming back.

There’s no word on how long or how much a deal would be worth.

The Dodgers will enter the season as one of the favorites to win the 2014 World Series.

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