"We're here to get in shape for the season," Torre continued, "so whatever the distractions, let's air them out here. Let's get it out, get it over with - let's deal with it. You don't hide from it, you deal with it and move on.
"I've always done it this way, even before I was with the Yankees. Obviously I didn't have as many talented people as I have now. Every year we get more high-profile people, but you find out that once they come in, they're easy to talk to.
"That makes my job easier ... talking, the basics, it's common sense. As far as I know, anyway, it's common sense."