Chass On Griffey, Burrell, Orlando Cabrera

The latest from Murray Chass, who seems to be doing just fine without being employed by a newspaper…

  • MLB "negotiated a new line of credit for $125MM, from which clubs can borrow."  I’d like to learn more about the topic – which teams are borrowing, if any?
  • Ken Griffey Jr.‘s agent Brian Goldberg does not think the economy is a factor in his client remaining unsigned.  Goldberg said, "Junior’s salary expectations have been modest from the beginning. He’s realistic."  Perhaps Griffey is not seeking $5-6MM after all?  Goldberg says he continues to talk to the same four teams about Griffey.
  • Scott Boras says Pat Burrell "took a bad deal" when he signed for two years and $16MM on January 5th.  Boras says Burrell’s contract froze the market for corner outfielders.
  • One additional possible explanation for Orlando Cabrera remaining unsigned: a baseball person described him as a "very caustic guy in the locker room."  Cabrera’s Type A status is probably the larger issue.

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