October 2007 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Dodgers: Mutual Interest With Torre
Los Angeles Dodgers' General Manager Ned Colletti sidestepped the Joe Torre question Tuesday, but on Wednesday he admitted to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark that there is "mutual interest" between the team and the former Yankees' manager. Colletti told Stark that the Dodgers and Torre are "in the early stages of getting to know each other." Grady Little resigned Tuesday as Dodgers' manager after two seasons.
Little Resigns As Manager Of The Dodgers
Grady Little resigned as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, paving the way for Joe Torre to take the job. The 57-year-old Little leaves with one year remaining on his contract plus a club option for 2009. Team owner Frank McCourt said on the season's final day that Little would return next year, but recently several news outlets have reported the Dodgers were speaking with Torre about their managerial job. "I've got my own personal reasons," Little said. "It was a mutual resignation."
Sources: Torre Accepts Dodgers Job
The Los Angeles Dodgers have decided to fire manager Grady Little and replace him with former Yankees manager Joe Torre, The Journal News has learned. Torre, 67, could be named manager in the next 24 hours, according to two sources close to the situation. Don Mattingly is expected to accompany Torre to Los Angeles as his bench coach. Torre is also interested in hiring Kevin Long, his hitting coach with the Yankees. But the Yankees are hoping to retain Long as a coach under soon-to-be-named new manager Joe Girardi. The Dodgers were 82-80 this season under Little and were beset by clubhouse unrest. Owner Frank McCourt, a Boston native, decided Torre is best suited to quell that situation. It is expected that Torre will receive at least a three-year contract.
Boras: Dodgers Contender For Jones
As a power hitter and third baseman, Alex Rodriguez would fill two Dodgers' areas targeted for upgrades. But Scott Boras is believed to consider the Dodgers a more serious contender for center fielder Andruw Jones than for Rodriguez.
Report: Dodgers To Fire Little, Hire Torre As Manager
The Dodgers are planning on firing manager Grady Little and replacing him with former Yankees manager Joe Torre, according to multiple reports. Citing sources, the Journal-News of Westchester, New York said the announcement of Torre's hiring could come as early as Tuesday. The New York Times, quoting two major league officials who requested anonymity, also reported Torre's imminent hiring but did not give a timetable.
Dodgers Might Covet Torre
If divorce proceedings between Grady Little and the Dodgers go the distance, as many expect, The Post has learned Joe Torre has been targeted as the manager to heal a fractured Los Angeles clubhouse. According to two people with knowledge of the Dodgers' universe, the club and Little are talking about a buyout that would leave the manager's office in Chavez Ravine vacant for Torre to inherit. Torre, who wants to manage again, is interested in talking to the Dodgers if the job becomes available.
Dodgers To Play Game Next Season At L.A. Coliseum
Dodgers' executive Camille Johnston confirmed a widespread report that the club is considering moving a home game to the Coliseum next season as part of its year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Dodgers' move from Brooklyn. What Johnston didn't say, but what is abundantly clear, is that it would have to be a late-spring exhibition because Major League Baseball would never approve a regular-season game in a stadium that doesn't come close to meeting the league's standard field dimensions. The Dodgers played at the Coliseum from 1958-61 while Dodger Stadium was under construction. Because the left-field foul pole was just 250 feet away, a 42-foot screen had to be installed to cut down on cheap home runs.
Sources: Girardi Has Chance To Manage Dodgers?
Joe Girardi might have an opportunity to manage in the majors in 2008 -- even if he doesn't get the Yankees' job. Officials familiar with Girardi's job prospects said Thursday if the Yankees do not hire him to succeed Joe Torre, then Girardi could have a developing opportunity with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The agent for Girardi, Steve Mandel, was asked if Girardi had been approached about a job opportunity with the Dodgers, and Mandel would not comment. Dodgers' manager Grady Little is under contract for next season after the team picked up his option for 2008 on March 7. Little also has a club option for 2009. "Grady Little is our manager," a Dodgers' spokesperson said Thursday.
Dodgers Want Torre?
Joe Torre might be of interest to Dodgers' owner Frank McCourt, a Boston native. McCourt has supported his GM Ned Colletti and manager Grady Little, but may be tempted to go after Torre, who probably won't be on the market for long.
Dodgers Interested In Jones, Hunter And A-Rod?
Dodgers' GM Ned Colletti wouldn't get into specifics, but there is a reasonable possibility that fleet center fielder Juan Pierre will be asked to move to left field next season to make room for a stronger arm in center. That stronger arm could belong to Matt Kemp, who just completed his second year in the majors and whose potential remains off the charts, but who still is very much a work in progress. It also could belong to a yet-to-be-signed veteran, with Atlanta's Andruw Jones and Minnesota's Torii Hunter heading this winter's list of free-agent center fielders. Or it could be someone the club acquires in a trade. Likely American League Most Valuable Player Alex Rodriguez, who is expected to exercise the escape clause in his New York Yankees contract, also could be on the Dodgers' radar, especially given that third base is one of their biggest holes entering the winter. But Rodriguez will have no shortage of suitors, and he also will be expensive, commanding well in excess of his current annual average of more than $25 million.