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Not everybody is aware of the power drain. "I haven't noticed a change in the position," says K.C.'s George Brett, who played third base before switching to first three years ago. "But I have better things to do than figure out what John McGraw hit in 1906."
Mark Langston isn't the only player who struck it rich in last winter's free-agent market and is now struggling:
? Royals pitcher Mark Davis (who signed a four-year, $13 million deal) has been so ineffective as a closer (7.24 ERA through Sunday) that manager John Wathan has moved him to middle relief. Davis's teammate Storm Davis (three years, $6 million) was 1-4 with a 6.08 ERA.
?Yankee pitcher Pascual Perez (three years, $5.7 million) was 1-2, and a strained right shoulder has limited him to three starts.
Then there are the Expos. They lost Langston, Perez and righthander Bryn Smith to free agency, but at week's end they were in third place in the National League East with an 18-14 record. If Montreal had resigned that trio, young pitchers Mark Gardner, Steve Frey and Bill Sampen probably wouldn't have made the roster. They are making the major league minimum salary—$100,000 apiece—but they won consecutive games on May 6, 7 and 8.