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Is Slow Economy To Blame For Lack Of MLB Free-Agent Movement?
Published November 26, 2008
|Affeldt One Of Two Free Agents To
Have Inked Deals So Far This Offseason
HOLDING THE RUNNER: In L.A., Dylan Hernandez writes Dodgers Owners Frank and Jamie McCourt seem to be "hedging against lavish spending during a time of such great economic uncertainty." Jamie McCourt said that the "fact that the majority of contracts were guaranteed was a significant issue." She said, "If people can't play anymore, it's like, 'Oh well, see ya.' Different story. Whatever money they are guaranteed could be money that we could otherwise have given to the community." Frank McCourt said that the funds that cover 42 youth baseball fields being built in Southern California "won't be taken out of the team's operating budget." But he added that the Dodgers need to "re-examine their priorities." He said that the team's "top priority remained to field a winning team," but noted that the team's payroll, which was around $120M this past season, has not been determined for '09. But Jamie McCourt said that while the Dodgers "might be more cautious, they wouldn't shy away from pursuing such big-name free agents" as Sabathia and LF Manny Ramirez (L.A. TIMES, 11/26).
Padres Could See Significant Attendance
Drop-Off After Paring Of Payroll
IN THE BRONX: The Yankees yesterday said that they will keep ticket prices for Spring Training games at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa on par with the '08 level, ranging from $17-31 (AP, 11/25). Meanwhile, in N.Y., Mike Lupica wrote Yankees Vice Chair Hal Steinbrenner, who has assumed control of the organization, was "always going to be the guy in charge no matter what his older brother," Yankees Vice Chair Hank Steinbrenner, kept publicly saying. Hal was "quietly learning the business while his brother kept talking." Hal's leadership is "good for the Yankees and good for baseball, which did not want Hank to be the one in charge" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/23).