UPDATE: Heyman has updated his story to say Colletti is getting a multi-year deal. He was told by one source that it could be a three-year contract which would carry him through 2015.
11:35 AM: According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the Dodgers have signed general manager Ned Colletti to a contract extension.
No word yet on the exact details of the new agreement, but we heard last week that the two sides were discussing a new deal. Colletti’s current contract is guaranteed through this year and includes mutual options.
Colletti has served as Dodgers’ general manager since replacing Paul DePodesta after the 2005 season. The Dodgers enter play today at 75-70 on the year, one game behind the Cardinals for the second Wild Card spot.
Colletti said prior to last night’s game that Dodgers manager Don Mattingly will return next season regardless of what happens down the stretch. Mattingly’s contract runs through next year.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left Monday’s Cactus League game against the Athletics after he was hit by a pitch. He went for X-rays, revealing that he suffered a broken wrist, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Shaikin adds that Turner is unlikely to return before May, noting that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman missed six weeks with a similar injury last year and Astros outfielder George Springer missed nine weeks in 2015.
Needless to say, this is a huge loss for the Dodgers. Last year, Turner hit .322/.415/.530 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 543 plate appearances, helping the Dodgers reach the World Series. He made the All-Star team for the first time in his career and finished eighth in NL MVP balloting.
Thankfully, the Dodgers have some versatile players on the roster. Logan Forsythe could move from second base to third, giving Chase Utley more playing time at second. Enrique Hernandez could man the hot corner as well. Chris Taylor has played some third base, or he could shift to second base in Forsythe’s stead. The club should shed some light on how it plans to move forward following Turner’s injury.