LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The breakup between the Yankees and Joe Torre in October 2007 resembled an ugly divorce, but feelings have thawed in recent years.
The latest example came Tuesday when general manager Brian Cashman said Torre's No. 6 was headed for retirement, sooner rather than later.
"We haven't given it out for a reason," Cashman said. "It's been tucked away for quite some time. At some point, that will happen, no doubt about it. Clearly it's already unofficially happened."
Cashman was on a runway Monday morning when news broke Torre had been elected to the Hall of Fame. "I was pumped, I was able to fire off a text to him before my flight took off," Cashman said. "Obviously deserved, not unexpected. Thought he would be a first-ballot and he was. He's right where he belongs."
Outfield not set
Neither Cashman nor Joe Girardi would say who, between Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury, will play centerfield.
"I'm not really going to say anything until I talk to all the players involved," Girardi said. "Jacoby's a great centerfielder, Gardy's a great centerfielder."
The bottom line, of course, is if Ellsbury, who signed for seven years and $153 million, wants to play center, he'll play center.And indications are that's his, and the Yankees', desire.
In need of infield depth, Cashman said he's been in touch with the agent for Mark Reynolds, an acquisition last season. The Yankees signed Kelly Johnson to a one-year contract and have kept an eye on other versatile infielders on the market such as Omar Infante, Michael Young and Juan Uribe. "I'm talking to everybody," Cashman said . . . Cashman is looking for relief help but has no interest in bringing back Joba Chamberlain who, according to ESPN, was offered a one-year, $3-million contract by the Diamondbacks, though that was later disputed.