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trades always possible
PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks spent millions to build
a winner in a hurry. Now the franchise is rebuilding with youth,
and that was one big reason Bob Brenly was fired Friday.
The team could get even younger soon.
A handful of veterans remaining on the team might be headed
elsewhere as contenders shop for help before the July 31 trade
"If you're asking whether or not we have a fire sale going on,
the answer is no," said Jerry Colangelo, the team's chairman and
chief executive. "We think it would be prudent to listen to what
people have to offer because of the position we're in as a
Randy Johnson wouldn't talk to reporters after Brenly's firing. Colangelo said he's heard nothing to indicate Johnson wants
to be traded.
"I have a lot of respect for Randy, and when Randy tells me
something specifically, then I would consider what he has to say,"
Colangelo said. "I'll stand by what he and I have discussed in the
past, that he wanted to finish his career here, we want him to
finish his career here, et cetera, et cetera. So nothing has changed, despite all the rumors and innuendoes."
Steve Finley, Danny Bautista and Roberto Alomar are among the
possible trade candidates. Finley can veto any deal but might be
willing to go to San Diego, where he keeps his offseason home.
|Bob Brenly was the first in 40 years to win a World Series in his first season as a major league manager.|