Truth + Rumors
Posted: Friday August 13, 2004 11:53AM; Updated: Friday August 13, 2004 3:30PM
Phillies closer Billy Wagner can become a free agent after the season, and he is intrigued by the probable move of the Expos to northern Virginia.
The defense-poor Tigers will search for glovemen in the offseason, but GM Dave Dombrowski won't likely go for good-field, no-hit types.
Slated for offseason shoulder surgery and expected to make $10 million next season, Tim Salmon may find himself out of the Angels' '05 plans. In case his shoulder doesn't hold up down the stretch, Anaheim signed Andres Galarraga to a minor-league contract.
Jeromy Burnitz's agent plans to resume contract discussions with Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd today.
If the Cubs determine backup outfielder Todd Hollandsworth won't be back, GM Jim Hendry may look for a left-handed bat. The Reds' John Vander Wal could be a target.
In addition to the Mets, Cuban star Kendry Morales is getting interest from the Yankees, Red Sox, Mariners, Angels and Marlins.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman contacted Shane Spencer's agent after saying he wouldn't be against bringing Spencer back into the organization.
Kirk Rueter disclosed he's pitched all season with a sports hernia, but denied it was responsible for his 6-9 record. Giants manager Felipe Alou believes Reuter, 33, can bounce back after offseason surgery.
The Mariners have met with agent Scott Boras in hopes of re-signing left-handed pitcher Ron Villone for next season and beyond.
Unable to trade him, the Indians were forced to release Alex Escobar on Thursday after he was designated for assignment last week. They might attempt to resign him.
The Grizzlies' top priority remains acquiring Erick Dampier via a sign-and-trade with Golden State. The second option is working out a deal with the Bulls to land young center Eddy Curry.
The Knicks' Allan Houston made a recruiting call to Dampier.
Pacers president Larry Bird denied a Ron Artest-Peja Stojakovic All-Star swap is in the works.
Talks between the Timberwolves and the Blazers on a Wally Szczerbiak for Shareef Abdur-Rahim swap continue. The Knicks still want to trade Kurt Thomas for Szczerbiak, but the Knicks want the Wolves to also take guard Moochie Norris.
The word in Minnesota is that the Nets' Jason Kidd asked to be traded and named the T'wolves as one of the teams he would like to join. He also said the Wolves are on the verge of re-acquiring free-agent forward Tom Gugliotta.
The Nets have little or no interest in big men left on the open market such as Keon Clark, Marcus Fizer and Gary Trent
There are indications this will be safety Donovin Darius' last year in Jacksonville.
The Redskins invited tackle Marcus Spriggs, an eight-year veteran, for a workout but the club didn't announce a signing.
Although the Redskins announced the retirement of Pepper Rodgers, 72, last Friday, the club's VP of football operations won't leave the organization until after the season.
The Bucs plan to alternate Chris Simms and Brian Griese as backup QBs in preseason to determine who will back up Brad Johnson.
Bill Parcells has brought former Giants kicker Matt Bryant in to Cowboys camp.
Backup QB Charlie Batch will have arthroscopic surgery, which will give the Steelers top draft pick Ben Roethlisberger a chance to see some more action.
Rehabbing linebacker Rosevelt Colvin is expected to make an appearance in the Pats' preseason opener.
The Lions will be without injured linebacker Boss Bailey for at least the first three games of the regular season and probably longer.
The Rams learned injured center Dave Wohlabaugh (hip) is gone for three months and left tackle Kyle Turley (back) will miss four weeks.
Dolphins receiver David Boston, out with a torn patella tendon in his left knee, says he plans to be back this season.
Free agent center Jason Allison will meet with the Hurricanes Monday even though he is not fit enough to undergo medical tests the team had planned for him.
The Devils avoided arbitration with Brian Rafalski, signing the veteran defenseman to a one-year contract.
Defenseman Jiri Fischer will replace Pavel Kubina, still suffering from a Stanley Cup Finals concussion, on the Czech team for the World Cup of Hockey.
Liverpool and England striker Michael Owen has signed to play with Real Madrid.