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Another looming issue is Torre’s future. He’s in the final year of his three-year contract and is expected to announce soon whether he’ll return next year.

“I don’t think the ownership really has anything to do with my decision,” Torre said. “I’m content that Frank McCourt didn’t object to my asking for an extra year, and I think he wants me here. So I have to say he’s the only one that I know for sure _ ownership-wise _ that would want me back for another year.”