Don Mattingly asked the Dodgers to pick up his option for the 2014 season last fall, but the organization declined.
He will enter the season without any guarantees beyond 2013.
"It was a 30-second conversation about the option, they said that wasn't the plan for me or my coaches, it was a moot point, and I'm fine with that," Mattingly said.
"But you would have liked for them to pick up the extensions so the players could be shown confidence. You never want it to be like, after a couple of bad games, people are saying, 'Oh, are they gonna change managers now?"