Torre Says 2010 Will be His Last Year

Joe Torre said he doesn't expect to manage beyond 2010, the final year of his three-year contract with the Dodgers. "I don't envision going beyond this contract managing," said Torre, who is 68. Speculation is that batting coach Don Mattingly will move into the manager's office.

Joe Torre said his final season of managing is going to be the emotional one. "But I don't envision myself managing beyond this contract."

Position players joined the pitchers and catchers already in camp, well all of them but Manny Ramirez. Dodges GM Ned Colletti and agent Scott Boros are still talking but one might think by now they have said all that can be said on the subject.

Colletti reported that he's talking to free-agent second baseman Orlando Hudson, who has slashed his asking price in the wake of a free-agent market crash. "Right now, I have some flexibility," he said. Colletti said picking up Hudson as a free agent has nothing to do with what happens to Ramirez.

Hudson, a three-time Gold Glove and 2007 All-Star second baseman who missed the last two months of the 2008 season after suffering a broken wrist playing for Arizona, is still inixplicably available. He originally was looking for a multiyear deal worth $10 million annually, but that's not going happen in the current market.

Colletti the acquisition of Hudson would not be a reflection on Blake DeWitt, who had been penciled in as a replacement for Jeff Kent at second base. Some feel that if the Dodgers sign Hudson and not Ramirez, DeWitt could play third base Casey Blake could move to left field.

Hudson has three Gold Gloves, a decent (.346) career OBP and he enough gap power that he hits a lot of doubles. "I'm big on inventory," said Colletti. "You never have enough good players."

He looking in to acquiring a veteran reliever like Joe Beimel, Dennys Reyes or even Jason Isringhausen.

The Dodgers have $75 million committed to 14 current players under 2009 contracts and they had a $120 million payroll in 2008.

Torre said that Cory Wade, the hard working rookie of last 2008 bullpen, but that the problem is not severe and didn't require an MRI. Torre also said Kuo will be handled with great care this Spring. "We'll go very slow and take our time," said Torre. "He's healthy and I don't want to overwork him. He doesn't have to prove anything. I've got confidence in him but we have to be careful about his workload."

Torre was scheduled to address the club before today's practice. He said he called the young nucleus of his club into a meeting in his office last year and told them it was going to be their ballclub.

"We had to make a statement and we did. They may have been a little timid as far as leadership. I just let them know they are the future of the organization. It was no slight to anybody else, but I told them they had the ability to be the foundation."

Dodger Blue Notes-- The Brewers signed former Dodgers free agent Eric Gagne to a minor league contract, with an invitation to spring training. ...Ivan DeJesus Jr., the Dodgers' 2008 minor league player of the year, didn't make the final roster of Puerto Rico's World Baseball Classic team. ...Russell Martin, who twisted a foot last week, performed running drills for the first time at camp. ...Assistant general manager of scouting Logan White denied an ESPN report that the Dodgers scouting department has been told it could not draft players advised by agent Scott Boras this June. White insisted he would continue to scout such players and that talent comes first. ...Rafael Furcal will be asked to take one day a week off in the early going, Joe Torre said.