MLB Franchise Notes: Rangers Among Teams Staying Quiet In Free Agent Market
Rangers President of Baseball Operations & GM Jon Daniels said that he would "not expect the team to be a big player, i.e. spend a huge amount on a player or two, in the market." Either Rangers co-Chairs Ray Davis and Bob Simpson "finally grew fatigued" of big deals gone bad, or the GM is "done with them, too." One free agent "doesn’t fix this club, or make them any more of a contender than they already aren’t" (Ft. Worth STAR-TELEGRAM, 1/23).
ANOTHER MISSTEP BY THE CAPTAIN? In West Palm Beach, Dave George wrote the Marlins' plan to possibly remove their home run sculpture in left field is "just another misread" by CEO Derek Jeter. George wrote sarcastically, "Get rid of the bells and whistles, that’s the idea. Lure fresh customers in with the basic fundamentals of baseball instead." This is another "perfect symbol of this franchise’s ability to thwart momentum no matter who is in charge" (PALM BEACH POST, 1/20).
CAUGHT IN A PICKLE: The Dodgers have had around a 45% price increase "over two years" for season tickets in the outer reaches of Dodger Stadium. The total cost of two season tickets is "now $2,649, or $820 more than two season ago, $505 more than last year." A Dodgers spokesperson said, "We understand the fan's plight, but the Dodger ticket is still a good entertainment value." A pair of Dodgers season-ticket holders said that they "have their doubts" about Dodgers ownership. That should "concern the Guggenheim folks if their baseball team ever stops winning" (L.A. TIMES, 1/21).