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Stephen Cannella
April 03, 2000
How did the Devil Rays, whose attendance dropped by 31% last year, afford their off-season spending spree? The four free agents they signed, plus four players on the team who got new contracts, all agreed to defer significant chunks of their salary, allowing general manager Chuck LaMar to keep this year's payroll to about $48 million. "Before this year we were one of only two teams without deferred money [on the books]," says LaMar. "This was something we had to do."...
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April 03, 2000

The Hot Corner

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How did the Devil Rays, whose attendance dropped by 31% last year, afford their off-season spending spree? The four free agents they signed, plus four players on the team who got new contracts, all agreed to defer significant chunks of their salary, allowing general manager Chuck LaMar to keep this year's payroll to about $48 million. "Before this year we were one of only two teams without deferred money [on the books]," says LaMar. "This was something we had to do."...

The Twins have received calls from several teams asking about the availability of outfielder Matt Lawton. One interested club is Seattle, which is desperate to find a lefthanded bat before the end of spring training....

Rookie outfielder John Roskos has forced his way onto the Padres' roster with his performance this spring: Through Sunday he was batting .526 (20 for 38) with six doubles and four home runs. "This guy is relentless," manager Bruce Bochy says....

Last month Orioles manager Mike Hargrove tried to deal with highly touted 20-year-old leftthander Matt Riley's chronic tardiness by making him report to camp at 5:15 a.m. every day for a week. It didn't work: Riley showed up late again last Friday and was immediately banished to Baltimore's minor league camp.

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