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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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