March 4, 2002
The Rangers will be able to buy their way out of the their dispute with the Athletics.
Major League Baseball ordered the Rangers to pay the A’s an undisclosed amount of cash, which sources said was in six figures. The decision settles Oakland’s complaints that Texas hired Grady Fuson for a lesser job after obtaining permission to interview him only for its then-vacant general manager’s post.
Fuson left the A’s in November to become an assistant to John Hart, who got the Rangers GM job. Fuson had been the A’s scouting director since 1995 and spent a total of 19 years in the organization.
The Athletics filed a grievance against the Rangers and reportedly asked for top prospect Hank Blalock as compensation. The Rangers offered to pay a $110,000 settlement, but sources said the A’s continued to seek a player instead.
Major League Baseball stipulated in Monday’s decision that neither team could comment on the resolution of the matter.