"This is an affront to baseball. This just accentuates the problems we've been talking about, the disparity between small-market teams."--Sandy Alderson, baseball executive vice president.
"The bottom line is that this is a great signing. You look at the one thing we needed most, a dominant No. 1 starter, and they went out and got the guy we needed."--Eric Karros, Dodger first baseman.
"I don't mean to criticize Kevin Brown, but it's a truly tragic day for baseball. It's extraordinary. It confirms my worst fears about what would happen if we let (Rupert) Murdoch buy the Dodgers and I think it represents a continuation of a very bad series of events in baseball after a spectacular season."--John Moores, Padre majority owner.
"You just wonder how long this can go on. As long as the game is able to continue and teams have a fair chance at trying to compete, more power to them. From the player's view, when you can get that amount of money, you try to get it. There's nothing wrong with that."--Tony Gwynn, Padre outfielder.