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Torre interested in MLB job

Former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre speaks

Former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre speaks to the media prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Sept. 20, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

Joe Torre told reporters at the owners meeting in Arizona that "I’m definitely interested" in working for Major League Baseball.

Torre confirmed that he has held conversations with commissioner Bud Selig about what appears to be the vacant executive vice president of baseball operations.

"When Bud and I talked, it was more in generalities because he thought this would be of some interest to me," Torre said.  But I know he's been talking to a lot of other people. It's a two-way street here. He has to make up his mind that, whatever job he has, I'm the one he wants to do it…We've had a number of conversations. Bud knows me. We first met when I was 16 years old in 1956, '57. So we've known each other for a long time.

Torre said he last spoke to Selig at the Winter Meetings. Torre had contacted Selig after deciding he would no longer manage after the 2010 season, his third with the Dodgers. [Selig] said to me, "When you've had enough of managing, just give me a call," Torre said.

Asked about hiring Torre, Selig said, "I don't have any comment on it. But let's just say that I've known Joe for 55 years, so he and I are no strangers to each other." One potential stumbling block could be Torre’s desire to stay in Los Angeles with his family. Regarding a move to New York, where most of the MLB work is located, Torre said, "I don't plan on it. I don't want to uproot my family. I've enjoyed L.A."

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