Chicago White Sox general manager Kenny Williams says talk of $30 million-a-year players is "asinine" and he would support a work stoppage to bring fiscal sanity.
Williams doesn’t want a stoppage but said the sport’s future needs to be protected for fans and smaller markets.
In an earlier interview with Comcast SportsNet, Williams said discussion of a $30 million average salary was “asinine.” He said baseball has reached the point of no return and something needs to happen.
With St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols eligible for free agency after the World Series, there has been speculation he could be the first with a $30 million average salary. Williams said his comments were not personally directed at Pujols.
“I said what I said. I said what I felt,” Williams said as he sat in his golf cart watching his team’s first full-squad workout in Glendale, Ariz.
Joakim Soria made the request in the understated manner by which he typically closes games.
The Kansas Royals’ pitcher made a request via Twitter, asking that everyone stop referring to him as the “Mexicutioner.”
“How about we change my nickname to something positive? In support to Mexico to stop all the violence!!!”
Soria, 26, has always been proud of his Mexican heritage. It marked a proud moment in his career, which includes two All-Star selections, when he became the all-time leader in saves by a Mexican-born player.
The Dodgers sent Vicente Padilla to Los Angeles on to undergo an MRI examination on his elbow after he experienced similar symptoms to what he felt when he was sidelined by nerve problems for almost two months last season. C.J. Wilson will be the opening-day starter for Texas, Rangers manager Ron Washington announced. St. Louis utility player Nick Punto will miss at least eight weeks and possibly 12 after surgery this week to repair a lower abdominal injury, often called a sports hernia. Edinson Volquez will start on opening day for the Cincinnati Reds against Milwaukee on March 31.