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Report: Dodgers negotiating extension for GM Ned Colletti

The Dodgers have begun extension talks with GM Ned Colletti. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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.

Bowden later resigned under "false allegations" tied to an FBI investigation and allegations of skimming of signing bonuses., and Kasten later resigned from the Nationals.

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.

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