Torre plans to 'stay involved' after managing

Updated: April 8, 2004, 4:00 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- New York Yankees manager Joe Torre started spring training not expecting to decide his baseball future until after the season.

Not only have talks progressed with New York general partner Steve Swindal this spring on a two-year extension, Torre said Wednesday he wanted to finish his career with the Yankees.

"I don't see myself going anywhere else," Torre said before the Yankees defeated Tampa Bay 3-2.

A strained relationship between Torre and Yankees owner George Steinbrenner became public last season, prompting the possibility the manager might not want to return after his current contract expires following the 2004 season.

A couple of chance meetings between the pair early in spring training helped repair the relationship and lead to the extension talks.

"We're both working at it," Torre said of his talks with Swindal. "We're discussing several things. The one thing that we both want to do is get it done. We're not concerned that it's not going to get done."

Once he's done managing, Torre would like to remain active in some capacity with the Yankees.

"I'll stay invovled," he said.

Torre joined the Yankees in 1996. He has guided the team to four World Series titles and six AL pennants.

In other news, New York general manager Brian Cashman talked with Jason Giambi about the first baseman's personal trainer Bobby Alejo.

The Yankees received permission this week from major league baseball to allow Alejo to fly on the team charter for this season only. And Giambi said Tuesday that he wanted Alejo to be allowed to fly with the team for the duration of his contract.

"I feel we are both on the same page ... 100 percent on the same page," Cashman said after the game. "That's my impression. I'm glad we talked."

Cashman reiterated the team made the request to major league baseball as a courtesy and that it was not part of Giambi's contract. Major league baseball announced during spring training plans to enforce access limitations on non-team personnel at the ballpark and team flights.

"Nothing was discussed about the future," Cashman said.

Giambi is in the third year of a seven-year, $120 million contract, which runs through 2008.

"Everything is fine," Giambi said after the game. "Brian and I have a good relationship."

Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press