"The best advice I got was given by (former Dodgers and Angels executive) Buzzie Bavasi. He said to remember that every time you're about to make a deal, the guy on the other end of the phone is just as smart as you are, probably smarter."
—Theo Epstein, Red Sox general manager
"I just want this cleared up, because I'm healthy and looking forward to the biggest season of my career."
—Brad Penny, Marlins pitcher
KISS AND MAKE UP
"Dan and I have been talking all offseason… I feel like he's been moving in the right direction. I feel like he's made some incredible moves with his hands being tied."
—Brian Jordan, Dodgers outfielder, on general manager Dan Evans
"The important thing is he's a winner, he's been a winner his whole career. His body looks great, his knee's in fantastic shape. He's a team player. With all candor, I never thought about moving him at any time."
—Dan Evans, Dodgers general manager, on Jordan
SPEAKING OUR LANGUAGE
"The most overrated statistics are still probably batting average for a hitter and single-season won-lost record for a pitcher. Batting average is not as indicative of run-scoring as on-base percentage or a series of other metrics. Won-lost record for a pitcher over one season is not nearly as indicative of actual performance as plain, old ERA, or a series of other calculations. … The most underrated statistic would be an accurate measure of defensive ability, something we're really still waiting for."
"In our league, defense is great, but you have to swing the bat, one to nine, to win…Carlos (Tosca) does a good job with our outfielders. I think (Catalanotto) can be adequate out there."
—J.P. Ricciardi, Blue Jays general manager
A DAMN SHAME
"If some major league team had offered me $1.5 million and told me I could play every day, I probably would have taken it…But to walk away from that much money on the table in Japan, I don't think it would've been responsible for my family."
—Kevin Millar, former Marlins outfielder, on his decision to play in Japan in 2003
"We welcome back Tsuyoshi with open arms…He's a guy who plays all three outfield positions superbly. There is no doubt in our mind he can return to where he was offensively two years ago and help us at the plate as well."
—Jim Duquette, Mets assistant general manager, on re-acquiring outfielder Tsuyoshi Shinjo
"I didn't come across the water to walk. I came across the water to swing the bat."
—Randall Simon, Pirates first baseman
"What if the Expos are no longer in existence after this year? What good does that do me?"
—Gary Carter, Hall of Fame catcher, on not wanting to enter the Hall of Fame as an Expo
"I'm happy for Gary… It was a matter of time for him getting in. I think I'll probably follow suit. It may take me a little longer, I don't know."
—Andre Dawson, former major-league outfielder
"Their arguments are kind of hollow, whatever they are."
—Jerry Colangelo, Diamondbacks owner, on the union's position on giving World Series home-field advantage to the winner of the All-Star Game