Truth & Rumors: Oct. 20, 2004
Posted: Wednesday October 20, 2004 12:04PM; Updated: Wednesday October 20, 2004 3:34PM
The Orioles are interested in signing Red Sox starter Derek Lowe in the offseason.
The Yankees' primary concern this offseason has to be starting pitching. They need to sign at least one and probably two starting pitchers (assuming they still haven't enough to interest the Diamondbacks in revisiting the Randy Johnson talks) and that's going to be another $20-plus million.
Opponents of a publicly funded D.C. baseball stadium conceded yesterday that they are unlikely to stop the project, while aides to Mayor Anthony A. Williams said they are developing detailed plans to show how tax revenue generated by the ballpark could help schools, libraries and recreation centers.
Major League Baseball yesterday officially announced that the sale of the yet-to-be-named Washington baseball team is under way and that prospective bidders have until Nov. 1 to throw their hats in the ring. Baseball is hoping to earn at least $300 million, and possibly much more, from the sale of the Montreal Expos.
If the Red Sox cannot agree to terms with free-agent-to-be Pedro Martinez and make no significant effort to re-sign Lowe, then Marlins ace Carl Pavano may jump to the top of the Red Sox wish list. Other names that might join him on that list are Matt Morris and Matt Clement.
Mets GM Omar Minaya spoke to top managerial candidate Willie Randolph before last night's Game 6 of the ALCS and scheduled their much-anticipated interview for tomorrow. People familiar with Minaya's thinking say that if Randolph does well in the interview, he will get the job.
Minaya confirmed that Bobby Valentine remains a candidate for the Mets managerial position.
Chargers WR Reche Caldwell will miss the rest of the season after tearing a ligament in his right knee on Sunday. Caldwell is expected to have surgery in the next few days and will be replaced by Bobby Shaw and the newly acquired Keenan McCardell.
The Bucs haven't completely split ties with McCardell. Tampa Bay GM Bruce Allen said the team intends to follow through with its grievance requesting McCardell return half of his $2-million signing bonus for voiding his contract. In addition, McCardell is subject to fines totaling $1,067,360.
Chiefs running back Larry Johnson is upset that he wasn't traded, forcing him to stay in K.C. for the rest of the season.
The Bucs are looking into possibly replacing kicker Martin Gramatica, who kicked poorly on Monday night. "We're looking for not only field goal kickers, we're looking for kickoff men, we're looking for guys who possess that skill," coach Jon Gruden said. "They don't grow on trees. At the same time, we feel like we've got a guy here under contract who's a great talent who we don't want to give up on. We just want to get more results out of him."
Packers receiver Javon Walker suffered a slight shoulder separation on Sunday, but he's expected to be fine for this week's game.
Bucs receiver Joe Jurevicius will make his season debut on Sunday. Jurevicius has missed the first six games recovering from back surgery.
Several people close to Dolphins owner H. Wayne Huizenga say a coaching change is now inevitable, even though Huizenga gave coach Dave Wannstedt a two-year extension in January. The conundrum for Huizenga, one associate said, is he doesn't see a can't-miss coaching candidate available.
Jerry Rice's move to Seattle did not escape notice at 49ers headquarters. As the players scattered for their bye-week break, they acknowledged full awareness of what awaits them Nov. 7 in a home game against the Seahawks. Rice has never has played a regular season game at the former Candlestick Park as a member of the visiting team.
Rashard Lewis has missed three practices and two preseason games in since he was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. He was out again yesterday and no one knows when he might be able to play again.
Richard Hamilton came into training camp wanting to prove that he had expanded his shooting range and was a consistent threat beyond the three-point arc but Pistons coach Larry Brown isn't pleased. "I laugh about this. I think everybody in the league wants to play like him, and now he's playing like everybody else," Brown said. "How dumb is that?"
Clippers guard Marko Jaric said he would have his broken left thumb re-examined today and was confident that he would be cleared to play Thursday against the Nuggets.
The Clippers asked Elton Brand to sit out Tuesday after seeing him labor on the court in a previous game. "We saw him limping on the film and said, 'If it's not right, get it right, whatever it takes, whether it's one game, two games,' " said coach Mike Dunleavy.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers does not want a rotation of Marcus Banks, Jiri Welsch, and Delonte West picking up the minutes Gary Payton leaves behind. He wants one of them to claim the position as his own.
Guard Mickael Pietrus has been told he will not be allowed to practice until Nov. 15, which means the Warriors guard is looking at an early December return.
Sixers first round pick Andre Iguodala will be in the rotation and could even start.
As expected, veteran point guard Charlie Ward has won the starting job with the Rockets.
Hubie Brown will employ a three-headed center for the Grizzlies. Lorenzen Wright will start, and share minutes with Jake Tsakalidis and Stromile Swift.
Nets center Alonzo Mourning could go through his first contact practice today. Mourning will wear the protective kidney-covering pad he received over the weekend.