Torre Steps Up to Plate as Little Resigns

Torre and Dodgers agree to terms as Yanks sign Joe Girardi
By Asta Hostetter,  Newser User
Posted Oct 30, 2007 8:26 PM CDT
Free agent Alex Rodriguez in an undated photo. Speculation is running high that he may want to follow Joe Torre to the Dodgers, who are close to signing the ex-Yankee manager.    (KRT Photos)
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(Newser) – Joe Torre's in and Grady Little's out with the Dodgers, who have okayed terms with the ex-Yankee skipper and almost clinched a deal, the Los Angeles Times reports. Still at issue are Torre's coaching staff and player personnel input. Torre wants his own staff, with Don Mattingly, and is negotiating their salary budget. GM Ned Coletti may announce the deal later today.

Talk is rife that free agent Alex Rodriguez may play under Torre, but A-Rod's agent revealed nothing. "We're in the information-taking mode," said Scott Boras. He implied that A-Rod is seeking a lengthy deal, maybe 10-12 years, and has been approached by other teams. In New York, Joe Girardi agreed to a three-year deal as the Yankees new skipper, Newsday reports.