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Padres To Meet With Brown

November 20, 1998

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ San Diego Padres owner John Moores and general manager Kevin Towers plan to meet Friday in Atlanta with free agent Kevin Brown and his agent, Scott Boras.

It will be the first face-to-face meeting between the Padres and Brown since the ace filed for free agency. Towers, Moores and president Larry Lucchino presented Boras with a written offer on Nov. 4 believed to be worth $44 million for four years.

``Sometimes it’s easier to move things along when you meet face-to-face than over the phone,″ Towers said Thursday evening. ``It’s just a chance to talk openly amongst all four of us. It can only help things face-to-face.″

Towers doesn’t know if the sides will be able to reach a deal on Friday.

``It’s something we’ll find out when we get there, how willing they are to move this process forward. I think the idea is to find out where they’re at.″

The Padres might have to up their offer to Brown, who was 18-7 with a 2.38 ERA. He’s seeking a six-year deal.

``I think we’ll be open-minded as long as they’re open-minded,″ Towers said. ``We’ll get a better feel once we get down there.″

Towers said the club has made an offer to center fielder Steve Finley, but wouldn’t disclose specifics.

The Padres also interviewed Tom House, the final candidate for the pitching coach job vacated by Dave Stewart.

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