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Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Not Oil And Water, Vinaigrette

Baseball America's cover story today is about an interesting possibility, the reverse of the one I posted yesterday. Jim Callis explains why Logan White and Paul DePodesta may actually work well together.
"What's going to surprise people is how well Paul and I get along," White says. "I think we'll learn a lot from each other." ...

"My sincere feelings are that we'll hit it off real well. We've talked about how our philosophies mix. I think everyone is visualizing he's going to tell me to take all college players. He's been pretty open. We haven't sat down to talk about all of the particulars, but we're going to get along tremendously. We just may surprise the industry."

What's shocking is that the A's have actually paid more in their drafts -- $14M -- on signings in 2002 and 2003 than the Dodgers, who paid out a mere $11M. And, as BA says, "It's still early, but it looks like Los Angeles had baseball's best draft in 2003." If DePodesta does keep White around, it could be a very good sign indeed.

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