Shortstop Gary DiSarcina and outfielders Tim Salmon, Jim Edmonds and Garret Anderson could well be traded, and lefthander Chuck Finley could leave as a free agent. Bavasi was an ardent supporter of his players; Tavares—who in addition to seeking a successor for Bavasi is also looking for a manager to replace Terry Collins, who resigned last month—is not. "We obviously have some fine players," Tavares says, "but I don't know if they have any idea what a team is. Someone told me you can't trade 25 players. I said, 'Why not?' "
In 1997 Tavares, then president of the Ducks, oversaw the firing of coach Ron Wilson just after Wilson took Anaheim to its first playoff appearance. Wilson, like Bavasi, wanted to build on many of the players Anaheim already had. Tavares preferred to add more younger players. In 1996-97 the Ducks finished 36-33-13. The next two years they were 26-43-13 and 35-34-13.