Joe Torre disuptes a report by FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal that says the Dodgers’ manager won’t return in 2011 unless ownership ends what Rosenthal calls its "penny-pinching circus."
Rosenthal bases his report on unnamed "friends" of Torre who believe Torre "wouldn’t tolerate" another year under the current setup.
"Obviously they’re not friends of mine," Torre tells MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick. "I don’t really allow those conversations out of my home. I haven’t made up my mind and won’t until closer to the end of the season."
Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and former CEO Jamie McCourt are going through a nasty divorce, and Frank McCourt has insisted on not adding payroll when acquiring players.
Torre also denies Rosenthal’s claim that Torre might be interested in managing the Mets, Cubs or Braves next year.
"Must be the same friends," Torre tells Gurnick. "I refuse to say absolutely, but I have to say it’s very, very remote that ever happens. I certainly don’t anticipate, at age 70, searching around for another managing job." Torre will turn 70 in July.
Torre is in the final year of a three-year, $13 million contract. He initially said that he would retire at the end of the pact, but has since been negotiating on a one-year extension and a future front-office role with the club.