Short-term gig might appeal to Joe Torre

LOS ANGELES -- Joe Torre reiterated before his final game as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday that he doesn't foresee managing in the majors again, but said he might be interested in a short-term managing gig such as the World Baseball Classic, which will be held next in spring 2013.

"Something like that would be interesting," Torre said. "You wouldn't have a lot of baggage there, and it would be stimulating. Sure, at some point, if somebody thinks I could be a benefit. That is the key for me. Whatever I do, it has to be because I can help, not just because I have been around a long time."

Torre, who is of Italian-American descent, conceivably could manage either the U.S. or Italy in a WBC. He will be 72 the next time the WBC is held, one year younger than Dodgers Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda was when he managed the U.S. Olympic team to a gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.