February 14, 2009
"I definitely would be very surprised if he's not a Dodger," Torre said.
But, quickly quashing thoughts that he might have inside information, he added, "I'm just saying that because that's the way I want it to be."
General Manager Ned Colletti said that talks regarding Ramirez are moving forward.
"I think there's been some progress made but obviously not enough to consummate a deal," he said.
What kind of progress?
"I think we're both clear on why we stand where we stand," Colletti said. "Three months ago, it was more guesswork than it was anything else."
The Dodgers remain intent on signing Ramirez to a short-term deal, a goal reflected in their offers thus far — two years at $45 million and, more recently, one year at $25 million.
Ramirez is seeking a contract of at least four years. Torre said Ramirez reiterated his desire for a long-term contract in a phone conversation with him Tuesday.