While Cincinnati ownership initially looked to Braves assistant GM Frank Wren to take over as their GM, and they have interviews set up with several impressive candidates -- Twins assistant Wayne Krivsky and Marlins scouting director Dan Jennings, sources say that the pressure is mounting (especially with the Darrell "Doc" Rodgers discrimination lawsuit) to hire a minority, and that they may try to free Omar Minaya from Montreal.
With the Expos now playing all their games in Montreal, if Minaya stays, he undoubtedly will be forced to slash payroll. After all, what MLB told the players was if they would agree to play a portion of their games in Mexico or Puerto Rico, they would consider not paring the club further. But when the players asked for some assurance, they were refused.
Great for Javier Vazquez, anyway.
But all the players wanted was an assurance: we'll play the games in San Juan, but you keep the payroll the same -- using the average payroll percentage increase added on -- and make more reasonable travel arrangements. MLB refused to negotiate. The owners would only say they might not gut payroll if the players agree to the separate-but-equal plan. Period. To save a few bucks, the other owners want their conflicted ward to be the Tigers?