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SBD/December 3, 2013/Franchises
MLB Franchise Notes: Tigers' Dombrowski Insists Payroll Won't Be Cut
Published December 3, 2013
A BIRD IN THE HAND? In Baltimore, Peter Schmuck wrote of the Orioles trading P Jim Johnson to the A's yesterday, "When the Oakland A's are the team taking your salary dump, what does that say about the commitment of Orioles ownership to continue building a strong AL East contender?" The Orioles so far have "restocked their 40-man roster with a group of unknown soldiers after a season in which they made big gains in attendance and broadcast ratings." It would "seem like a logical time to use some of that additional revenue to add a couple of free agents, but -- so far -- it looks like the front office is under orders to hold down the payroll" (BALTIMORESUN.com, 12/3).
A BRONX TALE: YAHOO SPORTS' Jeff Passan wrote if free agent 2B Robinson Cano wants a contract exceeding $200M, he is "not going to be wearing pinstripes next season." Sources said that the Yankees are "adamant their stance in negotiations" with Cano is "not pure posturing." The Yankees are "taking a hard line" and it represents a "fundamental shift in their willingness to lavish players with ultra-long-term deals." Whether a team outside of N.Y. is "prepared to offer as much might be the biggest question of all, because at the very least it would force the Yankees to reconsider their offer" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 12/2).