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Torre plans to 'stay involved' after managing

4/8/2004 - New York Yankees

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."