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MLB Franchise Notes: Brewers Have No Plans To Spend Big This Offseason
Published December 5, 2012
NEW BLUE: In Toronto, Richard Griffin wrote Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos has noticed his players “are excited and their free agent friends now want [to] play in Toronto." Anthopoulos said, “There’s definitely been more interest because of the commitment that ownership has made and it’s clear everyone believes we’re trying to move forward and make the club better” (TORONTO STAR, 12/4). Griffin in a separate piece wrote, “To use a horse-racing analogy, the Jays are the early speed, the Red Sox have positioned themselves well off the pace as a late closer. The Rays and O's are lurking and the Yankees stumbled out of the gate.” But the Red Sox “are the team to watch” (THESTAR.com, 12/4).
PENNIES FOR PIN STRIPES? FOXSPORTS.com’s Ken Rosenthal writes under the header, “Yankees Uncharacteristically Thrifty.” The Yankees are “in the process of building a team that could prove not only unsuccessful but also unwatchable -- a double whammy in an era in which regional television networks are the lifebloods of big-market teams.” If there “isn’t debate in the front office over the Yankees’ self-imposed austerity kick, there darned well should be” (FOXSPORTS.com, 12/5).
CALIFORNIA DREAMIN': In L.A., Bill Shaikin writes the Dodgers “have the money to outbid all comers, and that could make other teams think twice before engaging in a bidding process they might have little chance to win.” They are “baseball's moneyed elite, the role formerly played” by the Yankees. The Dodgers are “what the Yankees used to be.” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said, “I'm sure just about every article that's written will have some kind of note on our payroll” (L.A. TIMES, 12/5).