November 2, 2002 |
Now forming coast to coast, baseball's annual winter parade of free agents will not receive the warm reception that the Angels did on Main Street. This is not to say that the boom years of salary growth will turn to bust, but ... It is likely to be a long, cold off-season for a comparatively thin group of quality free agents. In addition, many other players who are arbitration eligible or whose 2003 status is linked to option clauses may be dumped onto a diluted and unrewarding market.
November 17, 2007 |
Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti acknowledged Friday that he is looking at free agents Torii Hunter, Andruw Jones and Aaron Rowand as potential upgrades in center field. Colletti described his pursuits of the three players as being in their initial stages. "We're curious to know what their interest level is in playing here and what it's going to take to get them here," Colletti said. "They're all accomplished in their own way. They all bring something to the table."
February 21, 1998 |
The Walt Disney Co. and the Angels are apparently combining their vast resources in an attempt to sign free-agent pitcher Orlando Hernandez, the Cuban exile who is the older half-brother of 1997 World Series MVP Livan Hernandez. Joe Cubas, Hernandez's agent, said he had a three-hour meeting with Angel front-office executives in Arizona on Friday, and among the issues discussed were a potential three-year baseball contract and a Disney deal for movie rights to Hernandez's life story.
December 13, 1998 |
Seven months ago, when Mike Piazza was traded, doomsayers suggested that he turn out the lights on his way out of Dodger Stadium. Indeed, there were dark days ahead for the organization. General Manager Fred Claire and Manager Bill Russell were soon gone. Faded star Hideo Nomo and faded prospect Paul Konerko were traded. But nothing seemed to help the team's fortunes.
December 8, 1998 |
The Angels are among six teams still in the running for five-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens, and today they will make their pitch to free-agent right-hander Kevin Brown. The team also agreed to terms Monday night on one-year contracts with second baseman Randy Velarde and pitcher Jack McDowell. Velarde signed for $800,000 and the oft-injured McDowell signed for a non-guaranteed base salary of $500,000 with incentives that could push the right-hander over $5 million.
December 12, 1998 |
The Dodgers were among four teams remaining in the Kevin Brown sweepstakes Friday, and the coveted free-agent pitcher is expected to make his decision before the winter meetings end here, possibly as early as today. Dodger General Manager Kevin Malone said he "discussed the parameters of a deal" with Brown's agent, Scott Boras, during an afternoon meeting at the Opryland Hotel, and Malone and Boras were scheduled to meet again today. The Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, St.
December 10, 1998 |
John Moores feared this was coming. The software and real estate magnate who owns the San Diego Padres had cautioned that the Dodgers could become the "monster to the north" if sold to Rupert Murdoch, given his economic and global resources. Now, Moores believes Murdoch's ownership has contributed to baseball's serious payroll and revenue disparities.
July 1, 1998 |
NHL general managers, open your checkbooks. Free agency opened late Tuesday night amid much speculation and anticipation. The list of unrestricted players--those 31 and older--is loaded with talent and experience, far more so than in recent seasons. Open those checkbooks wide enough and you could find yourself with St. Louis' Brett Hull on left wing, Pittsburgh's Ron Francis at center or San Jose's John MacLean on right wing.
July 9, 1998 |
Craig Hartsburg, hunkered down at his summer home in Canada's Cottage Country, waits patiently to hear from the Mighty Ducks. He would like to be their new coach, but says he hasn't received an update recently. "What have you heard? Anything?" he asked a reporter. Barry Melrose is champing at the bit too. The same goes for minor league coaches Butch Goring, John Anderson, Dave Tippett and John Van Boxmeer.
November 6, 1998 |
A look at this season's free agents, categorized by position and value: CATCHER * Elite--None * Good--Carlos Hernandez, Padres; Terry Steinbach, Twins; Bill Haselman, Rangers; Scott Servais, Cubs. * Don't give them $1 million--Mike Macfarlane, A's; Joe Oliver, Mariners; Benito Santiago, Blue Jays; Tom Lampkin, Cardinals. * Please retire--Chad Kreuter, Angels; Pat Borders, Indians; John Marzano, Mariners; Tom Prince, Dodgers; Kirt Manwaring, Rockies; Mark Parent, Phillies.