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I don't know what everyone else in this thread was hearing back in 2002, but the only thing that was clear re: the Expos franchise was that they were screwed. There was definitely a point where it looked like they were going to be contracted
How is this even possible? Was there only one typed copy?
Surely the reports existed on a PC somewhere in Expos' HQ. Or someone had a hard copy laying around that they could xerox.
He screwed fans of the White Sox, Twins and Tigers.
but contraction could only happen if another team was found to kill as well and that really looked far-fetched
Is Omar Minaya the worst general manager in history?
Some of the notable trades that Bavasi has made during his 5-year tenure as Mariners GM include: Freddy Garcia for Miguel Olivo, Jeremy Reed, and Mike Morse; Carlos Guillén for Ramón Santiago; Asdrubal Cabrera for Eduardo Perez; Shin-Soo Choo for Ben Broussard; Randy Winn for Jesse Foppert and Yorvit Torrealba; Rafael Soriano for Horacio Ramírez, and Matt Thornton for Joe Borchard.
On February 8, 2008, Bavasi consummated a deal in which Seattle acquired pitcher Érik Bédard from the Baltimore Orioles. Bédard was traded to the Seattle Mariners in a 5 for 1 deal sending outfielder Adam Jones and pitchers George Sherrill, Tony Butler, Chris Tillman and Kam Mickolio to the Orioles.
Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz, Salty and Matt Harrison for Teixeira?
It was certainly a time where the gap between teams trying to win and teams just making some money was as great as any point in history.
and Dempsey never made an AS team, which shocks me. How the hell do you play 24 years as an average to better C, and never make even a token AS game appearance?
It's now pretty apparent the Marlins got basically nothing for Miguel Cabrera. The only player who's done anything is Maybin, and he did it after leaving the Fish. Their return on Cabrera (and Dontrelle Willis, yecch): pitchers Andrew Miller, Dallas Trahern, Eulogio De La Cruz and Burke Badenhop, outfielder Cameron Maybin, and catcher Mike Rabelo.
It's now pretty apparent the Marlins got basically nothing for Miguel Cabrera.
The Expos also lacked a TV contract and none of their games were broadcast during *at least* that last season. I recall that point being hammer home again and again as proof that the market in Montreal hated baseball and the team had to move.
I really don't understand why Loria didn't have to sell the Expos franchise first before he could buy another one.
Until the city of Minneapolis got contraction of the Twins killed, there was an all too willing miserly owner ready to take his payout for his good friend, Bud.
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