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Tuesday Triple Play: MacPhail, Selig, Wilkerson

1. So, apparently, Jim Bowden isn't the only GM in baseball -- or in the Greater Washington-Baltimore metropolis, for that matter -- who has given in to the impulse for getting the old band back together. Just as Bowden has stocked the Nationals' front office and roster with ex-Cincinnati Reds -- and has another former bandmate on his radar screen -- MacPhail is amassing a healthy cadre of former Chicago Cubs personnel to make him feel at home in Baltimore.

The latest ex-Cub acquired by MacPhail was lefty Rich Hill, whom MacPhail drafted in Chicago in 2002 -- MacPhail was the Cubs' president from 1994-2006, and pulled double-duty as GM in 2000-01. That move came on the heels of the Orioles' trade for outfielder Felix Pie, whom MacPhail originally signed for the Cubs in 2001.

Part of MacPhail's logic behind trading for the inconsistent Hill was reuniting him with of his former minor-league coaches in the Cubs' system -- Rick Kranitz, now the Orioles' pitching coach, and Alan Dunn, now the Orioles' bullpen coach. And of course, Orioles Manager Dave Trembley was a manager in the Cubs' farm system during a large chunk of MacPhail's time there.

2. Eric Fisher of the Sports Business Journal, and formerly of The Washington Times, got the goods on Bud Selig's salary for 2007.

Oddly enough, my sources tell me that given the state of the economy and baseball's shift towards younger talent, Selig remains unsigned for 2009, having rejected several offers for one-year minor-league deals with spring training invites and incentives based on the number of times he flies between Milwaukee and New York. Problem is, since he is classified as a "Type A" commissioner, any team that signs him must forfeit their precious first-round vote at the next owners' meetings. Word is, Selig is so frustrated, he is considering firing his agent and signing on with Scott Boras to represent him.

3. I don't know what the Red Sox see in ex-Nationals outfielder Brad Wilkerson, but Theo Epstein and Co. have an uncanny knack for squeezing the last remaining ounce of usefulness out of seemingly washed-up veterans.

By Dave Sheinin  |  February 3, 2009; 8:45 AM ET
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Dave - You'll probably come across this, but there is a nice article here on a Vandy scholarship recruit with good bloodlines. Hope he goes to school.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | February 4, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

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