© St. Petersburg Times, published October 6, 2002
LOS ANGELES -- First baseman Eric Karros had arthroscopic surgery Friday to clean out scar tissue in his shoulder and should be ready for spring training, but his days as an everyday player with the Dodgers could be over.
General manager Dan Evans said one area the club lacked this season was power from its corner infielders, and part of the offseason plan is to find somebody to split time with Karros.
"We need more production out of that position," Evans said. "We had 14 homers and 91 RBIs, and we need more. We don't have middle infielders that hit a lot of homers, so we need that kind of production from our corner (infield) guys. We had 35 homers between (first and third base). Some clubs got that from one guy."
LABOR DEAL: An agreement to change draft compensation rules was scrapped over a misunderstanding. Clubs still will get first- or second-round draft choices if they lose Type A or B free agents.
MARLINS: The team finished with an average attendance of 10,038, barely ahead of Montreal's major-league worst 10,031, but the result was a bit questionable. Florida's announced crowd for the season finale was 28,599, though it was obvious about 10,000 were present. Team officials said an anonymous benefactor bought more than 15,000 tickets, which the club discounted to $1 apiece.