John McLaren, Mariners: (On the Florida-Detroit eight-player blockbuster deal) "Pretty big trade -- seems like the American League is getting a little stronger. Some young talent went from Detroit down to Florida, and I'm glad [Miguel] Cabrera didn't go to the Angels. So that's one thing I'm glad about. Dontrelle [Willis] ... I had him during the World Baseball Classic. He's a joy to be around."Lou Piniella, Cubs: "Our club right now is incomplete. [GM Jim Hendry] promised me that by Christmas I'll be very happy. Things take time to materialize. We have a fairly good game plan. Just have some patience, and it will come to fruition." John Gibbons, Blue Jays: "You always shoot for the postseason. Back when [GM] J.P. [Ricciardi] first arrived, it was basically clean the house up and get everything in order. Then we kind of took the turn, and now the talks have been, 'Hey, we want to be a competitive club.' We're past the rebuilding." John Russell, Pirates: (On how to turn around a culture of losing) "Basically you play the game the right way. Might sound easy, a very boring statement, but that's how you get to the players. Get them to understand what is right, what the game is supposed to be and that it always deserves command and respect. Baseball doesn't care. You don't do it right, it doesn't care. It's going to move on. If you work hard and you do the right things, it can be very rewarding. [Pittsburgh is] such a sports-oriented city. You can tell they have a lot of pride. They love good sports. I think they're looking for good baseball." Ron Washington, Rangers: "What happened to us this year is it gave us an opportunity to understand that we can win without hitting the ball out of the ballpark. If we can bring that into next season, and we end up getting some players in some positions that can help us offensively, I like our chances." Tony La Russa, Cardinals: (On a prospective trade of "adversary" Scott Rolen) "I think he should be with our club. I think we need him. We need him to reassert himself as an impact player. I don't care what anybody wants in a trade. We need him, and we expect him to be productive." Bruce Bochy, Giants: (On the NL West's rising profile) "We'll get a little bit more attention I'm sure with Joe [Torre] coming over to manage the Dodgers. Our division gets forgotten sometimes. I think it's the toughest division in baseball right now as far as the balance." Fredi Gonzalez, Marlins: (On life without Cabrera and Willis) "You know a part of me is sad. We hate to see those guys leave, for many reasons. They are character guys and the face of the organization. The other part, I'm excited about what I've been hearing in these meetings about the players we've got from Detroit. Not only are they very talented players, but they have good characters -- and they have got to give us a chance to win in '08 and the future."
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.