The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 6, 1997 · Page 136
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 136

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Saturday, December 6, 1997
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THE PALM BEACH POST SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1 997 3C 1993 original Marlins now just a long-lost memory Marlins days since Wayne Huizenga's announcement that he would sell the team to an ownership group headed by team President Don Smiley. At the time, Huizenga said Smiley had 30 days to assemble the investors and the money. Smiley did not return phone calls Friday. Dombrowski also is fielding calls about left-handed starter Al Leiter. The San Francisco Giants and Cleveland Indians are interested in Leiter, who is a comparative bargain at $3 million for next season. BSale update? For those who are curious, today marks 30 Matt Clement and Rafael Medina, both well-regarded prospects, but the Padres don't want to trade both. Other teams interested in Brown and his $4.9 million salary include the St. Louis Cardinals and the Houston Astros, now that the Astros have lost Darryl Kile to the Colorado Rockies. Infielder Alex Arias, the last of the original Marlins, is designated for assignment. By Dan Graziano fnim-Beach Post Staff Writer The last of the original Florida Marlins has said goodbye. Alex Arias, a 30-year-old utility infielder and pinch-hitter, was designated for assignment Friday by the. Marlins, making it likely that another team will claim him off waivers. The move was made necessary by the acquisition of Brandon Cromer, a utility infielder who spent last season in the Pittsburgh Pirates' minor-league system. Arias' contract expired at the end -of the 1997 season, and he might have expected to receive an increase on his $450,000 salary in ar bitration. Cromer, 23, is younger lins in each of their five seasons, and is the team's all-time leader with 44 pinch-hits. Cromer spent five seasons in the Toronto Blue Jays' organization before being traded to Pittsburgh last winter. He hit 230 in 123 games split between Class AA Carolina and Class AAA Calgary in 1997. He plays second base, shortstop and third base. B Trade winds: The San Diego Padres continue to be the most dogged pursuers of Marlins pitcher Kevin Brown, though they're not the only team interested. Padres General Manager Kevin Towers has spoken with Marlins GM Dave Dombrowski this week, and is interested in making Brown his No. 1 starter for 1998. "We're trying very hard to get him," Towers said. "But right now it's up to the Marlins to decide how they evaluate our offer." The Marlins have asked the Padres for minor-league pitchers and cheaper. "Alex has done a lot for the organization," Marlins General Manager Dave Dombrowski said. "He is a class person who has represented us well both on and off the field. "We like Cromer's ability and versatility, and we feel he certainly has a chance to compete for a position on the club out of spring training." Arias was flying Friday to the Dominican Republic, where he is playing in the winter league. 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