The Los Angeles Dodgers have opened long-term contract extension talks with General Manager Ned Colletti, according to Bill Shaikin of The Los Angeles Times.
Dodgers Chairman Mark Walter confirmed the team and Colletti are talking about a new deal. The guaranteed portion of Colletti’s contract expires at the end of the season.
Colletti had no comment. Dodgers President Stan Kasten also wouldn’t comment other than to say:
“People should regard our management as stable and permanent.”
The purchase of the Dodgers from Frank McCourt — who hired Colletti in 2005 — led to questions whether new ownership would make major front-office changes. Kasten, however, has set a precedent of retaining a GM when he kept Jim Bowden after becoming president of the Washington Nationals in 2006.
The Dodgers’ new ownership — fronted by financier Mark Walter, Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson and Kasten — has been impressed with Colletti’s in-season makeover of the team’s front-line roster including the acquisitions of Hanley Ramirez, Shane Victorino, Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford.