Padres decline option on Piazza; Cameron will return
SAN DIEGO -- If Mike Piazza returns to the San Diego Padres next season, it will have to be for less than $8 million.
The Padres declined to exercise 2007 options for Piazza and slugger Ryan Klesko on Monday. The two-time NL West champions will bring back center fielder Mike Cameron at $7 million and third baseman Russell Branyan at $1 million.
The Padres also arranged their first interviews in their search to replace manager Bruce Bochy.
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