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MLB Franchise Notes: Dodgers Assistant GM Watson Withdraws From O's GM Search
Published November 4, 2011
BAIT & HOOK: ESPN’s Jason Stark said of the available free agents in MLB, “The Marlins are a team trying to do something big for the sake of credibility and what gives a team more credibility than signing (free agent 1B) Albert Pujols. They’re also trying to position themselves as Latin America’s team, so Albert fits there.” Stark asked, “How about the Marlins with (free agent SS) Jose Reyes? Again, if they’re looking to make a splash, they’re looking to position themselves as Latin America’s team. (Marlins SS) Hanley Ramirez has already said he’d move to third base or somewhere else if they can sign Jose Reyes. I can see Jose fitting in that community” (“OTL,” ESPN, 11/3).
MOVIN' ON UP: Padres Vice Chair & CEO Jeff Moorad was asked about the team’s likely new TV deal with Fox and whether the increased revenues will translate into a higher payroll. Moorad: “The fans in San Diego certainly expect a higher investment next season and that’s what we’ve committed to. Our payroll will move up probably about 15%. We’ll spend somewhere in the mid 50’s next year with the idea we’ll continue growing the payroll” (“Sportfolio,” Bloomberg TV, 11/2).
STAYING PUT: D’Backs President & CEO Derrick Hall on Thursday said that GM Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson “were rewarded with new contracts.” Hall said that he gave them “three-year contracts with club options for two more years, meaning they could be locked up through 2016.” Towers and Gibson “each entered the year on two-year contracts” (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 11/4).
DOUBLING UP: In Boston, Matt Pepin noted a “second outdoor hockey doubleheader will be played at Fenway Park this winter as part of the Frozen Fenway 2012 event.” Boston College will face Northeastern on Jan. 14, and the game “will be preceded by a high school hockey matchup.” A Hockey East doubleheader featuring Vermont-UMass and New Hampshire-Maine “previously scheduled for Jan. 7 has sold out” (BOSTON.com, 11/3).