Torre planning to retire after next year … probably

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As his Dodgers prepare for the NLCS against the Phillies that begins tomorrow night, Joe Torre indicated yesterday that 2010 will likely be his final season as manager.
“I have one year on my contract and I don’t anticipate it being more than that,” said Torre, who then added a disclaimer. “I’ve said that before and my wife doesn’t believe me at all.”
Torre, who’ll turn 70 years old in the middle of next season, has guided the Dodgers to back-to-back division titles and has managed his teams to 14 consecutive postseason appearances dating back to his first year with the Yankees in 1996. Bobby Cox is the only other manager who can claim that many trips to the playoffs in a row and Torre holds the all-time record with 84 postseason victories, including four championships.
“I never get tired of this stuff, that’s one thing I found out,” Torre said. “You think once you win it, you say, ‘OK, I got it, I don’t need to do this anymore,’ but you do. You need to do it.”

J.D. Martinez tells teams he prefers an outfield role

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Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.

That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.

Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.