Truth + Rumors
Posted: Thursday August 12, 2004 10:22AM; Updated: Thursday August 12, 2004 1:55PM
Pending free-agent shortstop Edgar Renteria of the Cardinals appears likely to enter the market this November. The Red Sox and Cubs are interested.
Padres GM Kevin Towers isn't looking to deal for a left-handed reliever because because so many of his relievers have fared well against lefties.
Yankees slugger Gary Sheffield is considering retirement after this season because of chronic shoulder pain.
The Tigers are projecting recent call-up Wilfredo Ledezma as one of their starters for next season.
Anaheim's Tim Salmon will undergo surgery on his left shoulder after this season, which may require up to 10 months of rehab and possibly sideline him for the first part of 2005.
The Angels haven't started serious negotiations with Jered Weaver, the Long Beach State right-hander picked 12th overall in June.
The Phillies announced late last night that Pat Burrell notified them that his wrist had felt better in the last 48 hours and that he had decided to hold off surgery.
Batting just .143 with one homer and four RBIs since the All-Star break, Mike Piazza has gone on the DL.
Neither Dusty Baker or Sammy Sosa would comment on their closed-door meeting, prompted by Baker's earlier statement that Sosa was "sensitive" and that he wouldn't drop Sosa in the order because "you just can't lose him psychologically and spiritually."
Rocco Baldelli's representatives have spoken to the D-Rays and Carl Crawford's representatives will make a counteroffer Friday. Both were offered contracts believed to be for six years and about $23-million.
Linebacker Boss Bailey's routine knee surgery wasn't so routine after all. He'll be out of the Lions' lineup indefinitely
Bubba Franks' five-year contract expires after this season and he wants to stay in Green Bay, but it's unclear if the Packers want him.
If Ricky Ray and Brooks Bollinger flunk their first audition tomorrow in New Orleans, the Jets will intensify their search for a backup QB.
Hold-out rookie tight end Ben Watson said yesterday there's been no movement in negotiations with the Patriots. He wants a five-year deal; the team wants six.
The Raiders have offered holdout cornerback Charles Woodson more than the reported seven-year, $63 million deal given to Denver cornerback Champ Bailey, which would make Woodson the highest-paid cornerback.
The Chargers made no progress with unsigned rookie quarterback Philip Rivers, but sources say they are close on a contract extension with LaDainian Tomlinson that would make him the NFL's highest-paid running back.
The competition resumed between Jerome Bettis and Duce Staley yesterday after both missed several practices with minor injuries. One of the two will start at Steelers running back when the season opens.
Nuggets free-agent shooting guard Jon Barry is receiving interest from four teams -- Denver, Atlanta, Seattle and the Clippers.
The Heat used its final salary-cap exception Wednesday on veteran Wesley Person, so the team now can offer only minimum salaries to free agents.
Timberwolves officials deny the rumors that they'll trade Sam Cassell and Wally Szczerbiak to New Jersey for Jason Kidd and another player.
Free agent Lindsey Hunter has expressed his desire to re-sign with the Pistons.
Atlanta free-agent center Joel Przybilla had dinner with Trail Blazers coaches Wednesday and will work out for them today.
The Bulls announced the signing of free-agent forward Andres Nocioni of Argentina. "He was a top talent in Europe," says GM John Paxson.
Heat coach Stan Van Gundy said he doesn't anticipate adding a veteran, saying, "I don't look at our roster now and see any real holes."
NHL / World Cup
The Flames and goalie Miikka Kiprusoff are more than $1.5 million per season apart, but an arbitration hearing will settle the matter.
Meanwhile, Flames captain Jarome Iginla, a restricted free agent, is optimistic he'll return to Calgary
Though he begged out of the upcoming World Cup with a back injury, Leafs goalie Ed Belfour maintains he'll be ready as soon as the NHL returns
Canadiens GM Bob Gainey has had "light conversations" with free agent Alex Kovalev, but it appears unlikely Kovalev will return to Montreal.
Star center Sergei Fedorov and forwards Alexei Zhamnov and Valeri Bure have notified Russia's team they won't play in the World Cup of Hockey. And the US team was forced to replace unsigned (and uninsured) free-agent defenseman Mathieu Schneider with Hal Gill.