The Baseball Exchange

An era come and gone by red
October 18, 2007, 3:55 pm
Filed under: Joe Torre, MLB, New York Yankees

So that’s it. According to ESPN, Joe Torre has turned down an offer by the Yankees.

The Yankees offered Torre a one-year deal with a base salary of $5 million and incentives that would have increased his salary to $8 million based on postseason performance. Under that offer, if Torre reached the World Series in 2008, an option for 2009 would have vested.

“We felt we needed to go to a performance-based mode,” team president Randy Levine said. “We thought it was very fair. It clearly was at the top of the market, but we respect Joe’s decision.”

…Bench coach Don Mattingly is the leading contender to replace Torre. Yankees broadcaster Joe Girardi, the NL manager of the year with Florida in 2006, is another top contender.

Cashman said there will be a full search for a replacement.

All I can say is that I’m glad Torre specifically turned it down and wasn’t fired, so that Mo and/or Jorge and Pettitte won’t suddenly hate the Yankees for it. So, it’s gone from George and Joe to Hank and… Don/Joe/Tony. If they sign La Russa, I will seriously question my loyalty to the Yankees, he’s just the worst possible manager not only in the market but probably in baseball period.

Well, maybe that Norse prophecy is coming true.


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