Colletti: Torre not a done deal

The Dodgers GM said he also is compiling a list of potential managerial candidates, although that presumably is only a fallback in the event the Torre thing falls through, which it doesn’t look like it’s going to. But that doesn’t mean it’s a lock.
“I have watched the last 72 hours, and I can’t believe what I’m watching,” Colletti said. “I’m telling you, we do not have an agreement, and I have seen more inaccuracy (in the media) than I can ever remember. … I don’t ever classify anything as close or far. It’s either done or it’s not done, and it’s not done.”
That having been said, Colletti was speaking early in the day and cautioned that things could definitely change later today. He didn’t specify what that meant, but he didn’t have to. It’s getting very difficult to imagine that Joe Torrey won’t be the next manager of the Dodgers, and it’s somewhat difficult to imagine that we won’t know that by the end of the day or early tomorrow.
Stay tuned. Or, if you would rather, go and do something else for a while and check back later. I wish I had that option.

NY Post: Torre agrees to three-year, $14.5 million deal

It is well past midnight (yes, I do sleep, just not that much), far too late to get anything else in for tomorrow’s paper, but the New York Post is now reporting that Torre has agreed to terms with the Dodgers on a three-year, $14.5 million deal that could be announced on Thursday. I’m not vouching for the validity of this report, just pointing out the fact that it’s out there. Says, as I posted earlier, that Torre is likely to bring bench coach Don Mattingly and third-base coach Larry Bowa with him, and that he might also bring Jose Cardenal, one of his coaches with the Yankees several years ago, as well. That would be great, as I developed a very close friendship with Jose when I was covering the Reds and he was on Bob Boone’s staff there as 1B coach, and he is one of my favorite people I have ever met in this game. … Looks like that’s all the news that’s fit to print tonight (or, if you prefer, this morning). I’m hitting the sack (finally), all the while anticipating a third consecutive day of being made a prisoner in my own home by this seemingly never-ending story … but hey, it beats working for a living. Good night, all.

And some other stuff

By Tony Jackson
Staff Writer
In addition to losing their manager on Tuesday, the Dodgers also lost five players from their 40-man roster when pitchers Rudy Seanez and David Wells and infielder Mark Sweeney all filed for free agency and the club declined to exercise the 2008 contract options on catcher Mike Lieberthal and infielder Ramon Martinez.
Lieberthal, the little-used backup to Russell Martin, receives a $100,000 buyout of his $1.5 million option. The club is expected to try to re-sign him at a lower figure. The Dodgers also are likely to re-sign Seanez, a middle reliever who made just $700,000 this season, and possibly Sweeney, who was acquired in August and is second on baseball’s all-time pinch-hits list. The club won’t re-sign Martinez, who batted just .194 this year. The Dodgers also are highly unlikely to re-sign Wells, who is 44 and might simply retire.
The Dodgers presently have just 29 players on their 40-man roster.