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Team, former-manager begin talks

CLEVELAND -- Mike Hargrove may return to the Cleveland Indians -- but not to manage them.

Hargrove, the second-winningest manager in club history, has had
preliminary talks with general manager Mark Shapiro about an
advisory job with the Indians.

"It's in the exploratory stages," Shapiro said from the GM
meetings in Phoenix. "Nothing has been formalized yet."

Hargrove was fired as Baltimore's manager in September after
four losing seasons with the Orioles. He hopes to get another
managerial job, but until then, Shapiro would welcome him back to
help rebuild the Indians.

"He stands for our recent run of championships," Shapiro said.

Shapiro said Hargrove could join the Indians in an advisory role
similar to the one current bench coach Buddy Bell had with
Cleveland after he was fired as Colorado's manager.

Bell worked in the Indians' minor league system with the
organization's infielders.

Under Hargrove, the Indians won five division titles and went to
the World Series twice from 1991-99. His 721 career victories are
the second most in club history behind Lou Boudreau's 728.

Hargrove played for the Indians from 1979-85.