Dodgers, Colletti Working Towards Contract Extension

May 2, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully (left) and general manager Ned Colletti arrive at a press conference to announce the sale of the Dodgers to the Guggenheim baseball management team at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

The Los Angeles Dodgers and general manager Ned Colletti have opened discussions on a long-term contract extension for the GM, reports Bill Shaikin of the LA Times:

The Dodgers have opened discussions with Ned Colletti on a long-term contract extension, which could put him in position to become the team's longest-serving general manager since Al Campanis.

Colletti, 58, was hired as the Dodgers' general manager after the 2005 season, becoming the seventh man to fill that position in eight years.

Both Colletti and team president Stan Kasten refused to comment on the discussions, but team chairman Mark Walter confirmed that a new deal is "on the table". The guaranteed portion of Colletti's current contract ends with the culmination of this season, but there are reportedly several mutual options for further years of service.

Now in his seventh year as Dodgers' GM, Colletti has led Los Angeles to three playoff appearances, though none since 2009. His free agent acquisitions and trades, like most GMs, have been very hit or miss over his seven year tenure. For every success like Manny or Hanley Ramirez, there has been a Jason Schmidt or Andruw Jones to even the score.

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