Joe Torre close to taking job with Commissioner Bud Selig
And now for your daily Joe Torre update ... he's leaning toward accepting that job with Commissioner Bud Selig.
Also, he absolutely won't be returning to the Dodgers in any capacity. Hmm, now why wouldn't he want to go back and work for the Dodgers?
The Associated Press reported Monday that Torre was close to accepting the job with Selig and that it would allow him to remain in Los Angeles. He wants to stay in L.A., where his daughter is attending high school.
Torre said there remained a few issues to resolve, but that he should reach a decision within the next two to three weeks.
The New York Daily News originally reported that Torre was talking to Selig about becoming his executive vice president of baseball operations. That job was previously held by Sandy Alderson, who left to become the Mets general manager. John McHale has been filling in on an interim basis.
Torre told the AP that he and Selig had not discussed a title, but simply what the position's responsibilities would entail.
When Torre retired as Dodgers manager after last season, he said he would talk to the team a couple of weeks after to determine if he would remain in an unnamed executive capacity.
The Dodgers reportedly offered Torre a position as an assistant to General Manager Ned Colletti; Colletti currently has six assistant GMs. Surprise, seems Torre can do a tad better.
-- Steve Dilbeck