St. Louis Cardinals players celebrate after their 3-2 win over Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 of baseball's NL Division Series Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, in St. Louis as Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig, right, looks on. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbo
Charles Rex Arbogast
October 10, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers' front office and coaching staff is huddling to discuss the team's future after its second straight early exit from the playoffs.

Speculation on the future of general manager Ned Colletti is swirling in the wake of the Dodgers' elimination by St. Louis in four games in the National League Division Series earlier this week.

Manager Don Mattingly said Thursday that he'd be ''surprised'' if Colletti doesn't return next year. Under Colletti, the club has won the NL West title five times in nine years. Colletti is a holdover from when Frank McCourt owned the Dodgers.

Colletti and team president Stan Kasten are set to meet on Friday.

Mattingly signed a new contract last year that takes him through 2016. He says he assumes he'll be back next year, adding that no one has told him anything different.

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