Updated: October 24, 2003, 11:09 AM ETBy Jim Baker
Anaheim Angels: Last season, shortstop David Eckstein was the darling of the Angels rise to the top. Now, one year later, it appears they are one of the teams serious about importing Japanese star shortstop Kazuo Matsui. Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register writes that Matsui will have other suitors among the big money teams like the Red Sox, Yankees, Mets, Dodgers, Orioles and Mariners. Baltimore Orioles: Suddenly, Yankees first base coach Lee Mazzilli is in the manager picture. Mazzilli was never mentioned before yesterday as a possible replacement for the fired Mike Hargrove as the Orioles interviewed Eddie Murray, Sam Perlozzo, Rich Dauer and Rick Dempsey for the opening. Maz does have minor league managing experience in the Yankee chain. Joe Christensen of the Baltimore Sun also reports that Oakland bench coach Terry Francona may be in line for an interview and that beleaguered Red Sox manager Grady Little is a long-shot as well.
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