Manager would retire after next season
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers manager Joe Torre said Saturday he wants to add another year onto his contract, which is set to expire after the upcoming season. Torre said negotiations for an extension are underway between Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti and Torre's agent, Maury Gostfrand.
"I'm excited about coming to spring training, which is a good indication for me," Torre said on the eve of the team's first workout for pitchers and catchers. "At this point in time, I probably want another year."
Torre said he will retire as manager after the 2011 season, when he will be 71. At that point, he probably go to the Dodgers front office in a capacity yet to be determined, although he said a post-managerial job isn't part of the on-going negotiations.
"The only thing I told Ned is that I enjoy being with him," Torre said. "When the day comes, if we still feel the same about each other, I hope to be involved to some degree doing something significant."
Given Torre's managerial track record, his relationship with Colletti and success in his first two seasons with the Dodgers -- the club reached the National League Championship Series in each of those years -- the extension probably is all but a slam dunk. However, it won't be cheap. Torre is entering the final season of a three-year, $13 million contract.
"When I first came aboard here, the initial offer was two years, and I wanted three years because I didn't want everyone to say after the first year, 'Now you're going into the last year of your contract,'" Torre said. "I thought I was just going to manage two years, but now we're looking at four. It is still exciting for me, and it has been very satisfying."
Heading into his 29th season as a major league manager, Torre has a career record of 2,246-1,915. His teams have reached the postseason 14 consecutive seasons, tying Atlanta's Bobby Cox for the major league record.
"When I first came over here I was just curious myself how I would like it," Torre said. "I never anticipated after being in New York my first eight or nine years that I would go somewhere else and start over again. It's been a great decision on my part to continue doing this because it's been fun."
Colletti has said there is no rush to finalizing Torre's extension.
"I don't have a deadline on it; that's not a priority for me," Torre said. "The priority now is spring training and putting the club together."
Dodgers hitting coach Don Mattingly is the heir apparent to Torre. Mattingly will manage the portion of the team that stays behind at Camelback Ranch next month while Torre and a select group of players travel to Taiwan for a two-game exhibition series.
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.