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Report: Girardi linked to Dodgers

Report: Girardi linked to Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES -- Former Florida Marlins manager Joe Girardi, who was interviewed for the vacant Yankees managerial job, has "a developing opportunity" with the Dodgers, according to an ESPN The Magazine report on Thursday.

A Dodgers spokesperson responded by saying that Grady Little is the Dodgers manager and anything else is speculation. Little, who is signed through the 2008 season with an option for 2009, is coming off what he described as his toughest season, as the Dodgers collapsed late amidst clubhouse turmoil to finish fourth.

If the report is true, Girardi's "opportunity" could be a position on Little's coaching staff or a role as an assistant to general manager Ned Colletti, who worked for the Chicago Cubs when Girardi played for the Cubs. Colletti was not available to comment.

Little's coaching staff is not under contract for next year and there have been indications that some members will not return, including -- but not limited to -- hitting coach Bill Mueller, who is expected to return to a front office job. The entire staff was given permission to seek opportunities elsewhere at the end of the season.

Girardi interviewed earlier this week for the Yankees job, although the favorite to replace Joe Torre is bench coach Don Mattingly. Girardi won National League Manager of the Year in 2006 with the Marlins, the only year he has managed in the Major Leagues.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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