Major League Baseball
Dodgers' Little Resigns, Opening Spot For Torre
LOS ANGELES - Grady Little resigned as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, paving the way for Joe Torre to take the job. Little said it was a move he considered for some time, and he told General Manager Ned Colletti of his decision Tuesday. First, Little called it 'a mutual resignation.' Later, he said it was his choice to leave with a year remaining on his contract. 'I've got my own personal reasons,' Little said on a conference call. When asked if reports that the Dodgers were speaking with Torre influenced his decision, Little replied: 'No.'Torre and his former bench coach with the New York Yankees, Don Mattingly, have discussed the possibility of joining the Dodgers together, according to a person with knowledge of those talks who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Colletti said he had an idea the 57-year-old Little was leaning toward resigning, so he recently discussed the job with potential replacements. One of those candidates, Colletti acknowledged, was Joe Girardi, hired by the Yankees as Torre's successor Tuesday. The Dodgers entered this season as the clear-cut favorite to win the NL West and had the league's best record in mid-July. But they dropped 11 of their last 14 games to fade out of contention, finishing at 82-80. Girardi Agrees To 3-Year Deal With Yankees NEW YORK - Joe Girardi has agreed to a three-year contract to manage the New York Yankees. The agreement to take over as Joe Torre's replacement reportedly is worth an average salary of at least $2 million annually. Girardi was the 2006 NL Manager of the Year with Florida. The hard-nosed catcher played on three Yankees teams that won the World Series, served as their bench coach and was a TV announcer this year. RED SOX: Jonathan Papelbon donned a kilt and danced his trademark Irish jig to the roars of tens of thousands of fans as Boston celebrated its second World Series title in four years with a rolling rally from Fenway Park. Papelbon played air guitar on a broom, a reference to Boston's sweep of the Colorado Rockies. ASTROS: Re-signed catcher Brad Ausmus to a $2 million, one-year contract. BREWERS: Declined Geoff Jenkins' $9 million option, making the left fielder eligible for free agency. Jenkins, 33, hit 212 homers with the Brewers, the second-most in history behind Robin Yount's 251. The team also hired former All-Star catcher Ted Simmons as bench coach. REDS: Manager Dusty Baker hired Chris Speier as his bench coach. Speier was Baker's third-base coach with the Chicago Cubs in 2005 and 2006. They are also distant relatives - Baker's nephew is married to Speier's niece.