NEW YORK - The New York Yankees' Don Mattingly says the five-year contract that takes him through next season will be his last multiyear deal as he begins to wind down his career. While Mattingly emphasized his desire to play beyond 1995 and remain with the Yankees, he told Gannett Suburban Newspapers, "I'll never do another long deal. I'll never do anything more than a one-year deal." Mattingly, who turns 33 Wednesday, says: "I want to be on edge, and I want the freedom to know if (the Yankees) don't want me, I'll go where they want me. "I'd love to stay (with the Yankees). I don't really want to play anywhere else." Mattingly is in the fourth year of a five-year, $19.3-million contract that made him the game's best-paid player when he signed it in 1990. Mattingly does not have a timetable for retirement, except to stress that he will not leave anytime soon. "I'm not looking to retire," he says. "The game keeps me going." Mattingly, widely regarded as the game's best player in the mid-1980s before chronic back problems took their toll, batted .291 last season with 17 home runs and 86 RBI. A slow starter even in his glory days, Mattingly is batting .209 through 11 games. Still, he's confident he will regain his stature. "I'm not willing to say I'm back," he says. "I'm saying I feel good. I feel this is going to be a good year for our club and for me."
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