Rumor: Opportunity for Girardi in L.A.?

Buster Olney of ESPN The Magazine noted that Joe Girardi might have an opportunity to manage in the majors in 2008 -- even if he doesn't get the Yankees' job. Officials familiar with Girardi's job prospects said if the Yankees do not hire him to succeed Joe Torre, then Girardi could have a developing opportunity with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Olney said the agent for Girardi, Steve Mandel, was asked if Girardi had been approached about a job opportunity with the Dodgers, and Mandel would not comment.

It is known that Dodgers manager Grady Little is under contract for next season after the team picked up his option for 2008 on March 7. Little also has a club option for 2009.

"Grady Little is our manager," a Dodgers spokesperson said Thursday.

Girardi and Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti have been close for almost two decades. Colletti knew the former catcher as media relations director for the Cubs; Girardi was selected by Chicago out of Northwestern as a fifth-round pick in the 1986 amateur draft.

Teams are not allowed to make major announcements during the World Series, but if New York wanted to do so Friday, which is an off-day for the Series, commissioner Bud Selig could give his permission. The earliest end to the Series would be Sunday.

However, Hank Steinbrenner, son of owner George Steinbrenner, said New York does not intend to name a new manager before the end of the World Series. He said no decision has been made from the interviewed crop of Girardi, bench coach Don Mattingly and first-base coach Tony Pena. Girardi interviewed on Monday, Mattingly on Tuesday and Pena on Wednesday.