The New York Yankees picked experience over popularity, offering the manager's job to Joe Girardi at the risk of watching Don Mattingly walk away from the franchise.

Beloved as team captain, Donnie Baseball was the early favorite to replace Joe Torre and openly coveted the spot. After finding out Monday he didn't get it, Mattingly told the Yankees he had no interest in returning next year as bench coach or in any other coaching position.

Girardi was the 2006 NL Manager of the Year with Florida, plus he has a pinstriped pedigree. The hard-nosed catcher played on three Yankees teams that won the World Series, served as their bench coach and was a TV announcer this year.

Mattingly was the Yankees hitting coach for three years before moving next to Torre this season. Ray Schulte, Mattingly's agent, said Mattingly congratulated Girardi and wished him well.

A baseball official confirmed the Yankees are negotiating with Girardi's agent, Steve Mandell.

Trade: The Detroit Tigers made the first splash in the offseason, acquiring shortstop Edgar Renteria and cash from the Atlanta Braves for two prospects. Detroit hopes the deal, necessitated by the move of Carlos Guillen to first base, helps the franchise get back to the postseason after falling short this year.

Renteria, a five-time All-Star, hit .332 with 12 homers and 57 RBI in 124 games with Atlanta this season. In exchange for the 32-year-old Renteria, Detroit gave up right-hander Jair Jurrjens and minor league outfielder Gorkys Hernandez.

Dodgers: Multiple media reports said that former Yankees manager Joe Torre could replace Grady Little as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to ESPN.com. Sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney that Little will be fired -- as soon as today. If Torre is hired, his bench coach in New York, Don Mattingly, would likely move with him to Los Angeles as a coach.

Rodriguez: Major League Baseball had this message for Alex Rodriguez and agent Scott Boras: Shame on you.

Boras announced during Game 4 of the World Series on Sunday night that A-Rod was opting out of the final three seasons of his contract with the Yankees. The timing left baseball officials livid, and Boras apologized Monday evening.

"We were very disappointed that Scott Boras would try to upstage our premier baseball event of the season with his announcement," Bob DuPuy, baseball's chief operating officer, said Monday in an e-mail to the Associated Press.

New York, which failed to make the World Series in all of Rodriguez's seasons, maintained Monday that it will not attempt to re-sign A-Rod now that he has opted out. "No chance," Hank Steinbrenner, a son of owner George Steinbrenner, said.

Giants: Home run king Barry Bonds filed for free agency on the first possible day. Third baseman Pedro Feliz also was among the 57 players who filed Monday. Also, the Giants selected longtime baseball executive John Barr to be a special assistant to general manger Brian Sabean. Barr will oversee amateur and professional scouting. Doug Mapson was promoted to coordinator of amateur scouting.

Other free agents: Center fielder Torii Hunter filed for free agency, immediately becoming one of the most prized players on the market. The Twins have a 15-day window in which they can negotiate exclusively with Hunter, but he said he has halted negotiations with Minnesota. The six-time Gold Glover had a career year at the plate, hitting .287 with 28 homers and 107 RBI.

Also among those who filed were the Yankees' Rodriguez, pitcher Mariano Rivera and catcher Jorge Posada; Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca; and A's outfielders Shannon Stewart and Jeff DaVanon.

Twins: The team exercised its $6 million option on closer Joe Nathan, ensuring the two-time All-Star will be back for another season in Minnesota. Nathan has 160 saves and a 1.94 ERA over the past four years. He turns 33 next month.

World Series: Boston's sweep of Colorado drew better ratings than last season's World Series but fell short of previous years. The four games averaged a 10.6 rating, the second-lowest ever, ahead of only the 10.1 in 2006 for the St. Louis Cardinals' five-game win over the Detroit Tigers.

  • Boston is planning a rolling rally today from Fenway to City Hall Plaza to celebrate the Red Sox's championship. The parade will pause in three spots -- Copley Square, the Boston Common and City Hall Plaza -- so closer Jonathan Papelbon can dance his wacky Irish jig.

    Cardinals: A week after Tony La Russa agreed to a new two-year contract with St. Louis, the team announced that all of his coaches also would be back.