The daughter of a wealthy Venezuelan businessman and niece of one of the owners of a South American baseball team, Maria put her expertise to good use in negotiating her husband's five-year $2.1 million contract last winter. Paul Owens, director of player personnel, called the bargaining "interesting and refreshing. Things never got hard-nosed or intense: they were like a series of little chats. Her arguments were intelligent and logical." And apparently very successful. "I'm very happy with the contract," Trillo says. "I got what I wanted."
But now he may want more. Owens says Maria, ever the diligent agent, has been calling up lately to schedule a few more little chats.