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Joe Torre suspends contract talks with the Dodgers

Mar 23, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

Joe Torre 3.jpgJoe Torre apparently has an open door to come back to the Dodgers after this year, and he and the team have been negotiating about it, but now Torre has put a halt to the talks, saying he has “more important things to worry about” like getting the team ready for the season.

This really all seems to be about Torre not knowing whether he wants to manage anymore. He said as much a couple of weeks ago, and Frank McCourt says as much in the article.

You wonder if the longer he waits the less likely he is to come back after this year. The season, she is long, and apart from the World Series winners, you almost always get the sense that guys are exhausted after the year is over and maybe a tad negative about the grind as well.  In light of that, if the can’t picture himself continuing on as spring optimism blooms, one wonders if he’ll be able to do so later.

  1. paul - Mar 23, 2010 at 9:09 AM

    I believe if McCourt re-signs Manny Torre does not come back. Let’s Manny walk Torre comes back.
    Even though precedence says you don’t want your manager to be a ‘free agent’ at the conclusion of the season I don’t believe Torre will re-sign unless he knows Manny is not coming back.
    If Ramirez has a season that Torre knows would not make him worth re-signing then he would sign an extension during the season.

  2. Aric - Mar 23, 2010 at 9:37 AM

    I’m guessing it’s (somewhat) the opposite, paul. I’m guessing that if the Dodgers continue to operate like the Cheapo Depot, maybe he doesn’t want to come back to another year of mediocrity?

  3. Tony Thrower - Mar 23, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    Joe, Come back to Atlanta when Bobby retires!

  4. Randall - Mar 23, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    McCourt’s not re-signing Manny because McCourt is trying to sell the team; no Manny makes that much easier. And Torre doesn’t need to sweat an extension, because he knows if he got fired tomorrow, he’d have a new job inside a week.

  5. wolffman - Mar 23, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    Paul: are you even a baseball fan? “Re-sign Manny?” IF Manny continues playing, chances are it’ll be as a dh in the AL (and for a fraction of his current salary). Manny stated that he’s “out of there” after this season and the Dodgers had better be thinking the same thing. His huge offensive numbers came to a screeching halt the second he tested positive for steroids. Get ready for 25 HR’s, 85 RBI’s and a .290 avg. this year. Good riddance.

  6. Bill-Sonora - Mar 23, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    I dont see what facts you have to come to that conclusion.

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