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Joe Torre mulls broadcast overtures

LOS ANGELES -- Joe Torre, who will step down as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers following Sunday's season finale against the Arizona Diamondbacks, said Friday that he has received strong overtures about a possible broadcasting job but that he isn't sure whether he wants to return to that role, which he filled with the then-California Angels during the late 1980s.

The Dodgers also are expected to discuss with Torre a possible role within the organization, and he hasn't completely ruled out managing again somewhere else.

"I have had some inquiries [about broadcasting]," Torre said. "Just people saying, 'When you want to pack it in as a manager, we want to talk to you,' stuff like that. It would depend on what there is and how often I would have to do it."

Torre wouldn't reveal where any of those inquiries have come from, and he wouldn't even say whether they were from teams or networks.

"I'm not going to go into specifics," Torre said. "I'm not willing to talk about it only because I don't know what I want to do right now. I have to consider my options and see what those options are. When the season is over, I just want to get away, even just for a couple of weeks -- it's not like I need a long time to get away -- and then see what makes sense."

White still working

Dodgers assistant general manager Logan White, who heads the team's scouting department, said Friday night that he is aware of rumors within the baseball industry that he might be fired after the season but that he hasn't been told anything officially by anyone in the organization.

"I'm still working," White said from his home in the Phoenix area. "I'm going to [scout] a left-handed pitcher tomorrow. I haven't been told anything [different]. There is a lot of innuendo and rumor out there, and I hate to even address some of those because they are so ridiculous."

White has run the Dodgers' amateur scouting department since 2002 and is widely considered one of the top scouting minds in the game. He is responsible for having drafted much of the team's current core, including pitchers Chad Billingsley, Clayton Kershaw and Jonathan Broxton, first baseman James Loney, and center fielder Matt Kemp.

Manager Ausmus

Dodgers catcher Brad Ausmus, who will start Sunday and then retire after 17 seasons in the majors, managed the Dodgers on Friday night against the Diamondbacks as part of Torre's tradition of allowing one of his players to manage the team on the final day of the season if that game doesn't have playoff implications. This year, Torre himself will manage the final game because he is stepping down, but he also is turning the team over to one of his players twice instead of once, as he normally does.

Infielder Jamey Carroll will manage the team Saturday night. Torre had considered letting Russell Martin do it because he is partial to catchers, but he ultimately went with Carroll because he is a nine-year major league veteran.

Ausmus, by the way, chose a coaching staff of Martin (hitting), Carroll (bench), reliever Jeff Weaver (bullpen) and bullpen catcher Mike Borzello (pitching). First-base coach Mariano Duncan and third-base coach Larry Bowa remained in their usual roles.

Torre began the tradition while managing the New York Mets in the late 1970s -- a time when the Mets' final game of the season rarely had playoff implications -- because catcher John Stearns was so willing to offer Torre advice on what he should do that Torre decided to simply let Stearns manage one day. Torre said he always clears it with the opposing manager and even with the umpires. Even if the umpires balk at allowing a player to come onto the field for mound visits, Torre lets the player manage but makes the mound visits himself at the suggestion of the player.

Gibbons healthy

Dodgers outfielder/first baseman Jay Gibbons had his back examined by Dr. Robert Watkins before the game and was deemed fine, and trainer Stan Conte said he was hoping to receive clearance for Gibbons to possibly pinch hit. Gibbons has been battling soreness in his right calf, and Conte said favoring the calf is probably what led to the back discomfort.

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