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December 15, 1997

The Week in Quotes

December 1-14

by Dennis Cleary

SIGNINGS

"Vinny [Castilla] has become one of the top players in the major leagues at his position. He plays every day and not only puts up big offensive numbers but has surfaced as one of the best fielding third basemen in baseball today."
-- Bob Gebhard, Rockies GM

"There was never any question we wanted Brady [Anderson] back. We want to keep our best players here in Baltimore, and we're going to do everything humanly possible to do that."
-- Kevin Malone, Orioles assistant GM

"I'm a little ashamed to say how much I signed for."
-- Pedro Martinez

"With the addition of Jack Howell, I have no doubt we will have the best left-handed hitting bench in the National League next season."
-- Gerry Hunsicker, Astros GM

"Joe Carter is one of the tough, clutch hitters in baseball. He is another veteran, a proven leader with a winning track record, who we hope can help us take the next step forward this coming season."
-- Pat Gillick, Orioles GM

"Jose Vizcaino brings a great deal to our team. Jose will give us solid defense at shortstop and he is an outstanding team player. He can contribute in many ways to a winning team."
-- Fred Claire, Dodgers GM

"I wanted to be in a place where I can help and what better place than Toronto? It's where I started my career and where I might have a chance to finish it."
-- Tony Fernandez

"With the success Darryl Kile enjoys with the Rockies, it will open the door for other top-flight pitchers to look at us as a club they might want to pitch on."
-- Bob Gebhard, Rockies GM

"He gives Joe Torre a lethal bat from both sides of the plate."
-- Bob Watson, Yankees GM, on Chili Davis

THE REST

"I've always felt that being available for any situation is important to be successful. I think I fit that role."
-- Luis Alicea

"Sometimes, being a setup man is harder than being the closer."
-- Dennis Eckersley

"I'm not going to accept the offer on the table. If I'm healthy and make the team, I'm going to be part of the closer situation and I'd like to be paid accordingly."
-- Bruce Ruffin

"We're very excited. We're getting a premier centerfielder who is signed for five years."
-- Sal Bando, Brewers GM, on Marquis Grissom

"In Montreal, as soon as you established yourself as a player, you're gone. Everyone knew it. We knew before last year began that Pedro Martinez, Henry Rodriguez, Mike Lansing and I weren't coming back. I loved the city of Montreal and Felipe Alou is the best manager I ever played for. I'd have stayed, but they had no interest."
-- David Segui

"We've said all along that we needed to improve our power and run production and this guy helps us. We're happy to add a power hitter the caliber of [Henry] Rodriguez to the organization."
-- Ed Lynch, Cubs GM
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