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The 69-year-old manager has one year left on a three-year deal he signed after 12 seasons guiding the New York Yankees. He plans to return for at least one more year and try and win his first World Series title in the National League.
"It's still something that keeps me around and keeps me wanting to do it some more," Torre said.
And then there's Manny Ramirez. Who knows what the dreadlocked slugger is thinking about heading into the offseason. Ramirez, whose season was interrupted by a 50-game suspension for violating baseball's drug policy, will likely exercise his $20 million option for next season and return to his familiar cleanup spot.
Ramirez was 5 for 19 with one home run and two RBIs in the series against the Phillies. The homer was his only extra-base hit.
The Dodgers have the most potential players (16) eligible for free agency and most of them don't figure to return. They took care of one contract this week when Ned Colletti agreed to a long-term extension to stay on as general manager.
The Dodgers have reached the postseason in three of his four seasons.
Not bad, but not a World Series.
"We have the capability, we have the talent, but that's all well and good," Torre said. "It's like having that good team on paper. You still have to go out there and play between the lines."
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