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MLB Franchise Notes: Rays To Maintain Payroll If Still In Race
Published July 13, 2009
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NEEDED BOOST: In Phoenix, Nick Piecoro notes more than halfway through the D'Backs' home schedule, "attendance and revenues are down," but team execs said that "action by the club's ownership group earlier this year will prevent the losses from negatively affecting major-league payroll in coming years." D'Backs Managing General Partner Ken Kendrick said that the club raised $50M "in a cash call to team investors earlier this year, a move that he said was designed as a safeguard against the slow economy." The team through Friday was averaging 25,437 fans per game at Chase Field, down 14.8% from the same period last season. D'Backs President & CEO Derrick Hall said that the club's loss in projected revenues this year "could be about equal to" the $10M raised for '09, but it "appears the cash infusion might have helped prevent ownership from asking General Manager Josh Byrnes to slash payroll" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 7/13).
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MAKING FANS BLUE: SI.com's Jon Heyman reported the Blue Jays "could still wind up keeping" P Roy Halladay, who has been mentioned in trade rumors. Blue Jays officials have suggested to other teams that they are "concerned about the fan backlash in Toronto, which apparently has been significant enough for them to take note" (SI.com, 7/10).