Torre, 71, will lead a U.S. team that finished fourth in the 2009 WBC and sixth when the event started in 2006.
"I am honored to be selected to lead Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic," Torre said.
"I have been fortunate to have many different experiences throughout my career but being a part of Team USA will be a first and I am very excited about it. I look forward to the challenge of representing the United States when this tournament celebrates the global growth of our national pastime next year."
Torre is currently executive vice president for baseball operations for Major League Baseball. Prior to that he was a big-league manager for 29 seasons, notably with the New York Yankees, who won World Series titles in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000.
His first managing position was with the New York Mets (1977-1981). He also managed Atlanta (1982-84), St. Louis (1990-95) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (2008-2010). He was with the Yankees from 1996-2007.
His 2,326 wins as a manger is fifth highest all-time.
Torre was a nine-time All-Star in an 18-year major-league career as a player. He hit .297 with 252 home runs and 1,185 runs batted in.