"I don't think you'd necessarily know that with the book, but he wasn't the guy writing all of it, I guess. I'm glad we got a chance to talk and get things going in the right direction. You're certainly not going to do that without talking."At the center of the dispute was whether Cashman had actually gone to bat strongly for Torre at a meeting in Tampa, Fla., after the Yankees were eliminated by the Indians in the 2007 American League Division Series. At the meeting, Torre was offered a one-year contract to return for '08 that slashed his base salary and added incentives for each round of the playoffs the Yankees reached that year. After turning down the offer, Torre said he asked Cashman to go back into the room and tell members of the Yankees' hierarchy that he wanted a two-year deal. It was Torre's opinion that Cashman didn't back Torre hard enough. Torre's Yankees made the playoffs in all 12 of the seasons he managed the team from 1996-2007, and they won four World Series and six AL pennants in the process. Cashman was either assistant GM or GM during Torre's tenure. After the 2007 season, Torre chose to join the Dodgers, with whom he's now finishing a three-year tour. The Dodgers, under Torre, were defeated by the Phillies in the National League Championship Series in 2008 and '09, giving him a personal run of 14 seasons in the playoffs as a manager. That will end this season. Under current manager Joe Girardi, the Yankees missed the playoffs in 2008 but defeated the Phillies last year to win their 27th World Series. With 90 wins entering Monday, they are on the cusp of returning to playoffs for the 15th time in the last 16 seasons. Prior to Torre's tenure, the Yanks made the playoffs in 1995 under Buck Showalter. "Unfortunately, because I gave people my interpretation of things, it looked like because I left I was saying these bad things," Torre said, again referring to the book. "I certainly anticipate putting all of that stuff behind us." Cashman said he was ready to do just that. "I think we've agreed to just put it behind us," Cashman said. "I don't want to go through what was said. We had a long, terrific run. I would put our relationship while we were working together right up against anyone in the game.
"We had a good, constructive meeting. We've taken the steps to start to repair whatever got broke. I hope [from now on] we can communicate, pick the phone up and have conversations with each other."