Truth + Rumors
Posted: Monday August 16, 2004 10:53AM; Updated: Monday August 16, 2004 12:06PM
The Yankees aren't interested in David Wells, but they put in a claim for him when the Padres placed him on waivers last week, preventing any other team from getting the left-hander in a trade.
There's a chance Wade Miller, Andy Pettitte and Roger Clemens will not be around for the Astros' on Opening Day in 2005.
The Cubs have no current interest in first baseman Randall Simon, whom the Pirates released on Saturday.
Oakland may look to trade struggling left-hander Barry Zito this winter, but he's under contract for $4.5 million next season, with a team option for 2006.
Colorado is pursuing a deal for catcher Charles Johnson, who has cleared waivers. Combined with the trade of Larry Walker, it makes the Rockies less likely to move Preston Wilson.
Bringing back Phillies pitcher Eric Milton, a free agent this winter, could solve the Twins' pitching problems.
After expressing interest in the Expos last week, closer Billy Wagner indicated he is leaning toward returning to the Phillies next season.
Pirates GM Dave Littlefield discussed the possible makeup of the Pirates' bullpen next season, but didn't mention closer Jose Mesa.
Deion Sanders is contemplating whether to make a comeback as the Ravens' nickel back. A decision by Sanders reportedly is not imminent, and he could not be reached for comment.
Some Bears have doubts about head coach Lovie Smith's defensive system, and defensive coordinator Ron Rivera told his half of the team "Shape up or ship out," after Sunday morning's listless practice.
The Dolphins lost wide receiver Kendall Newson and cornerback Alphonso Roundtree to season-ending injuries Saturday night, but they are expected to sign wide receiver Antonio Freeman today.
Both the Broncos' Garrison Hearst and the Saints' Lamar Smith could be available for short-term deals -- and either player would give the Dolphins more depth at running back.
The Redskins are preparing to sign veteran tackle Marcus Spriggs.
Steelers coach Bill Cowher said he felt no need to add any quarterbacks for the regular season after Charlie Batch's season-ending knee surgery.
The Dolphins may have interest in Ravens running backs Chester Taylor and Musa Smith.
An injury to Brooks Bollinger has renewed the Jets interest in acquiring a proven back-up QB.
If a deal isn't in place by Sept. 1, Jets QB Chad Pennington will play out the final year of his contract and address the situation after the season.
Gary Payton's agent questioned a report that quoted Payton as saying he wouldn't report to the Celtics and wanted to be traded to the Timberwolves, Clippers or Rockets. Had he known the Lakers would deal him, Payton would not have re-signed and would have instead pursued a deal with Golden State.
League sources say Erick Dampier has spurned the Grizzlies and will sign with Atlanta. The Knicks will make a last-ditch effort to lure Dampier today.
Kansas City, which has a new arena, might lure the Magic away from Orlando.
Named by investigators as a client of a sports betting tip company, Flyer Jeremy Roenick admitted he only bet on football and college basketball and never bet on hockey or provided the firm with hockey information. It is unclear if the Flyers will trade Roenick or if he'll enter the NHL's Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program.
The Avalanche's Peter Forsberg says he will decide whether to return to the NHL after the World Cup.