MLBPA's Weiner Begins Spring Training Tour By Cautioning Media
MLBPA Exec Dir Michael Weiner started his tour of Spring Training camps yesterday and said that reporters "should refrain from jumping to conclusions about media reports linking players" to a Florida drug clinic. Weiner: "The players understand that what's happening in Miami at this point remains to be seen." Weiner, who is battling a brain tumor, "appeared thin and never specifically addressed his health" (AP, 2/21).
When visiting Mets camp, Weiner "challenged the team to increase payroll." Weiner: "A New York franchise in the National League is one of the flagship franchises in baseball. ... I trust that the Wilpons and Sandy Alderson, John Ricco, all those people will end up putting together a competitive team shortly." The team's '13 payroll will be about $95M, and Mets officials "insist they are prepared to raise it in the near future" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 2/22).