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Reports on Dodgers clubhouse chemistry 'largely positive'

A new front office wanted to change the mindset in the clubhouse. But regardless of how successful Los Angeles was in doing so in 2015, Don Mattingly could still be out of a job.

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When Dodgers President Andrew Friedman and General Manager Farhan Zaidi took over, they sought to improve the culture in the clubhouse. According to Joel Sherman of The New York Post, the front office feels it was successful based on the comments of Manager Don Mattingly and starter Zack Greinke.

After falling to the Mets in a five game National League Division Series, the Dodgers are expected to revamp their roster. The club's $310 million roster is the most expensive in baseball, and as Sherman notes, is likely to look notably different at the start of next season.

Although the Dodgers feel they were successful in addressing the issue of clubhouse chemistry after moving Matt Kemp, Hanley Ramirez and Brian Wilson, the organization was not notably active in the days leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

Alex Wood, Mat Latos, Luis Avilan and Jim Johnson were all acquired, however none of the three significantly contributed against the Mets.

Before determining how to approach upgrading its roster, Los Angeles first has to determine whether it wants to move forward with Mattingly as the manager. He has led the Dodgers to a division title in each of the last three seasons and is thought to be well-liked within the organization. However, Friedman and Zaidi "inherited" Mattingly, as Sherman points out.

Greinke recently announced he will opt out of his contract and Yasiel Puig could be moved following an inconsistent 2015 campaign. Los Angeles also has a notably thin bullpen and does not have a lot of starting pitching depth beyond Clayton Kershaw.

While the Dodgers' roster issues were not necessarily Mattingly's fault, he might be blamed if the front office wants to hire a manager of its own. He could be a scapegoat if the Dodgers have already considered who could replace him. But the improve clubhouse culture might also be taken into consideration moving forward.