Truth + Rumors
Posted: Thursday August 19, 2004 10:33AM; Updated: Thursday August 19, 2004 12:13PM
Ravens officials refuted reports that they would wait for Deion Sanders to end his retirement and suit up as late as November, saying they would expect him to play in the Sept. 12 opener. Sanders would have to show up for the final week of the preseason. Still leaning toward restarting his career, Sanders has not officially notified the team of his decision.
Defensive end Adewale Ogunleye reiterated Wednesday that he will not report to the Dolphins without a long-term contract extension.
Ogunleye said he is prepared to sit out all but six games this season. He must play at least six to be credited for the season, which would make him an unrestricted free agent next year.
Ogunleye may not be in the Redskins sights. Coach Joe Gibbs indicated he feels comfortable with the Skins' right end position.
There is 'no buzz' about Rich Gannon departing Oakland to be the Jets backup QB.
The agent for unsigned draft pick Bob Sanders says discussions with the Colts have taken a turn for the better.
The Yankees are close to a deal that would send Esteban Loaiza to the Rangers
Given a chance to endorse manager Larry Bowa, Phillies GM Ed Wade danced around the topic yesterday.
With the Phillies seeking outfield help, the Rangers' Brian Jordan or Gary Matthews could be in the picture.
Following the injury to third baseman Robb Quinlan, manager Mike Scioscia acknowledged the Angels need to augment their offense, possibly through a minor-league promotion or a waiver trade. Infielders who reportedly have cleared waivers include Arizona's Shea Hillenbrand, Tampa Bay's Geoff Blum and Philadelphia's Placido Polanco.
The Angels will probably go after a third baseman, such as Joe Randa of the Kansas City Royals.
Dodgers GM Paul DePodesta is seeking an established reliever. Among those who reportedly have cleared waivers are Cincinnati's Gabe White, Toronto's Justin Speier, Detroit's Al Levine and Baltimore's Buddy Groom and Jason Grimsley. Rod Beck was recently released by the Padres, but Dodgers manager Jim Tracy dismissed Beck as potential help.
The Indians are checking out Beck.
The Red Sox don't seem inclined to re-sign right-hander Derek Lowe, and the Tigers figure to be interested if his asking price isn't prohibitive.
Rocco Baldelli and Carl Crawford continue to wait for the Devil Rays to respond to counteroffers made last week.
Asked about the chances of Vince Carter becoming a Knick, GM Isiah Thomas declined to rule it out.
The Knicks could turn to free agents Rodney White, Keon Clark and/or Marcus Fizer.
Sixers GM Billy King and coach Jim O'Brien met last week with Turkish shooting forward Ibrahim Kutluay.
Look for center Joel Przybilla to agree soon to a free-agent contract with the Portland Trail Blazers.
With Peter Forsberg's status unclear, the Avalanche signed center Vinnie Damphousse to a one-year, $2-million contract.
Having signed talented young defenseman Jordan Leopold, Flames GM Darryl Sutter turns his attention to nailing down a contract for captain Jerome Iginla.