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Padres Meet With Kevin Brown

San Diego Padres owner John Moores and general manager Kevin Towers traveled to Atlanta and spent five hours Friday with Kevin Brown and agent Scott Boras in an attempt to re-sign their pitching ace.

San Diego already had offered Brown a four-year deal believed to be worth about $44 million. Moores wouldn't say if the Padres increased their offer during Friday night's meetings, which included dinner at an Atlanta restaurant.

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  • "Suffice it to say, we've always held Kevin in high regard and have so demonstrated in our offer," Moores said. "Scott's an old pro. He knows what he's doing. I think we made it clear we don't expect San Diego to be the high bidder. He (Brown) agreed that it's not all about economics."

    Moores said Brown's top three interests are the quality of the team, how it affects his family and, finally, money.

    Colorado and St. Louis are rumored to be interested in Brown, and the Arizona Diamondbacks say they are interested, too.

    Moores said brown plans to visit other teams, but the owner wasn't sure which ones.

    "We discussed the state of pitching in the game of baseball," Boras said. "There was a general agreement that Kevin Brown was, if not the best, one of the best pitchers in the game. We talked about Randy Johnson, exchanged some views and dialogue and negotiated in good faith."

    Brown, who lives in Macon, Ga., has said it is important he plays with a team that will be a perennial contender. The 33-year-old right-hander was 18-7 with a 2.38 ERA this season, helping lead the Padres to their first orld Series appearance since 1984.

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