Truth + Rumors
Posted: Tuesday July 20, 2004 10:48AM; Updated: Tuesday July 20, 2004 6:15PM
The Randy Johnson talks have become a three-way affair, with the Anaheim Angels entering negotiations. Yankees prospects would go to Anaheim for pitcher Ramon Ortiz, who then would be shipped to Arizona for the Big Unit.
The Rangers are targeting Pittsburgh ace Kris Benson. The Rangers want to part with Kevin Mench, but the Pirates are holding out for Laynce Nix.
Cardinals GM Walt Jocketty says he has narrowed his trade search to right-handed middle relief. He's looking at Pittsburgh's Jose Mesa and Detroit's Ugueth Urbina.
The Rockies have cautioned all teams interested in lefty hurler Shawn Estes that they'll only accept legitimate prospects.
Jose Paniagua, who is 18-21 with a 4.49 ERA in parts of eight big-league seasons with four teams, threw for the second time in an audition for the Phillies.
With Rangers GM John Hart's tenure waning, there is speculation that owner Tom Hicks will try to lure senior VP of baseball operations Mark Newman away from the Yankees.
Giants manager Felipe Alou insisted Matt Herges will remain the team's closer, even after Herges suffered his seventh blown save this season.
When asked about a potential return to the Heat bench to guide Shaquille O'Neal, Pat Riley replied, "Never. Never. I have not even entertained that."
With trade rumors and reports of discontent swirling around him, Toronto's Vince Carter refused comment on whether he wants to return next season with the Raptors.
Karl Malone's agent says the Lakers' signing of Vlade Divac does not rule out Malone's return.
Atlanta is expected to pass on making a substantial offer to Golden State center Erick Dampier, clearing the way for a sign-and-trade deal with the Knicks.
Seeking a backup shooting guard, Nuggets GM Kiki Vandeweghe continues to pursue Minnesota's Trenton Hassell.
Unhappy with the Titans' offer, Eddie George has asked for a release. If he gets it, the Cowboys, Eagles and Buccaneers are among the teams expected to pursue him.
The Patriots signed first-round pick Vince Wilfork to a six-year, $9 million contract, with another $9 million in escalator clauses. He'll battle veteran Keith Traylor for the starting nose tackle job.
After skipping the Steelers' May camp, receiver Plaxico Burress returned to Pittsburgh yesterday, and observers reported he was in outstanding shape.
The Dolphins began preliminary talks with wide receiver Chris Chambers on a new contract