By C. Trent Rosecrans
Joe Torre is no longer the Dodgers' manager and it appears he won't own the team, either.
Torre and Los Angeles developer Rick Caruso have withdrawn their bid to buy the Dodgers, Bill Shaikin of the Los Agneles Times reports.
Caruso and Torre cited current owner Frank McCourt's refusal to include the Dodger Stadium parking lots in the deal as the reason they were pulling out of the bidding. The report notes the pair could reenter the bidding if McCourt agrees to include the parking lots.
With the Torre-Caruso pairing out of the bidding, there are still thought to be nine groups bidding for the team, including one led by Magic Johnson and former Braves and Nationals executive Stan Kasten.
The agreement between Major League Baseball and McCourt allows him to retain ownership of the parking lots and even build parking structures on the land if he wants. The new owners of the team would inherit the lease for the parking lots at $14 million per season, with increases starting in 2015.
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