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Yanks May Discuss Potential Trades

March 16, 2000

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) _ New York Yankees manager Joe Torre wants to keep his pitching strength. He may find out soon if owner George Steinbrenner agrees.

The talk before the Yankees beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-4 centered on a New York organizational meeting previously set for Thursday night by Steinbrenner.

The session was scheduled for Malio’s, the Tampa steakhouse where the trade last spring involving five-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens was finalized.

``It could be, it very well could be,″ said Torre, when asked if potential trades would be discussed. ``I have not talked to him, but you know George. It’s his club, he can do whatever he wants to.″

The main trade talk this spring has centered on the Yankees’ interest in Anaheim outfielder Jim Edmonds. The asking price might include pitcher Ramiro Mendoza, an asset Torre doesn’t want to lose.

``He listens. There are a lot of opinions expressed,″ Torre said. ``He is the ultimate decision maker. I knew that when I got here, and I still know it.″

Steinbrenner has voiced his concerns about the Yankees’ slow start this spring. Still, Torre wants to keep his pitching staff intact.

``That’s why we’ve won,″ Torre said. ``Hopefully, we’ll win again. It has to be done with pitching.″

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