Truth + Rumors
Posted: Friday August 20, 2004 11:15AM; Updated: Friday August 20, 2004 9:42PM
According to multiple sources, the Red Sox put a waiver claim on Astros pitcher Roger Clemens earlier this month to block a potential trade that would have sent him back to the Yankees.
Negotiations between the Red Sox and Astros that would have returned Clemens to Boston broke down over Houston's demands for minor league prospects, according to a local Boston television station.
The Red Sox may be interested in acquiring Astros second baseman Jeff Kent.
At the owners meetings in Philadelphia on Thursday, Mets owner Fred Wilpon said the team was investigating the feasibility of financing a stadium on its own to replace 40-year old Shea Stadium.
Asked if greater Washington held a clear advantage for the Expos absent the Orioles factor, Giants owner Peter Magowan said, "Yes, I think that's the general view [of the owners], that the area is the best [option]."
The list of minor league players the Rangers gave the Yankees to choose from in exchange for pitcher Esteban Loaiza includes infielder Jason Bourgeois, infielder-outfielder Ramon Nivar, and pitchers Sam Narron and Ryan Snare. George Steinbrenner, however, may veto the deal.
Padres pitcher David Wells won't be traded because he didn't clear waivers.
Despite all of the rumors swirling around him, Phillies manager Larry Bowa's job is secure for now according to GM Ed Wade.
The Reds will try to re-sign pitcher Paul Wilson.
The Indians, in the market for a veteran reliever, are giving recently released right-hander Rod Beck a look.
A trade of running back James Jackson to the Dolphins remains a possibility, but there is little chance of either Andre Davis or Quincy Morgan being sent to Miami.
The Jets have set a Sept. 1 deadline for negotiations on a contract extension for starting quarterback Chad Pennington. If no agreement is reached, the talks supposedly will be tabled until after the season.
A source close to running back Ricky Williams said the Dolphins sent a letter to Williams this week demanding that he return to the team or face having to repay $8 million as part of his contract.
Deion Sanders said in a Sporting News Radio interview that his decision to return to the NFL with the Ravens, which will be made soon, depends mainly on his health.
Steelers right guard Kendall Simmons could miss the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.
One day after claiming cornerback Derek Ross off waivers, the Saints released him after he missed his flight to New Orleans on Wednesday.
Packers holdout cornerback Mike McKenzie could be traded to the Saints.
Running back Onterrio Smith will be suspended four games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
The Cavaliers signed 6-foot-10 forward Anderson Varejao of Brazil to a three-year contract Thursday. He'll try to help offset the Cavs' loss of free agent Carlos Boozer.
Nuggets general manager Kiki Vandeweghe defended Carmelo Anthony, who was criticized for not buying into the team concept by U.S. Olympic coach Larry Brown. "Melo's a great kid, and there's no way he's not extremely team-oriented," Vandeweghe said. "Those comments are just disappointing at best.
Althought they're still negotiating with other teams, Jon Barry and Rodney White could soon re-sign with the Nuggets.
A judge ruled that Boston College was able to leave the Big East for the ACC as planned next July 1 for the $1 million exit fee and not the $5 million and 27-month notice the Big East attempted to impose.
The Pitt-Penn State football rivalry, discontinued after the 2000 season, might soon be revived if discussions between athletic directors Jeff Long and Tim Curley continue to make progress.