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MLB: June 20, 2005

Posted: Wednesday July 20, 2005 11:43AM; Updated: Wednesday July 20, 2005 2:41PM
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Massachusetts native Tom Glavine could make himself at home with the Red Sox.
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A.J. Burnett was on the mound for the Marlins, and not on his way to the Baltimore Orioles, on Tuesday. That's because the two clubs still were trying to iron out differences about how much each team would pay toward the remainder of Mike Lowell's contract ... If the issue isn't resolved, it's possible Lowell might remain with the Marlins and suitors for Burnett could grow to include the Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox.
-- Miami Herald

The Orioles are reticent about taking Lowell as part of any Burnett trade unless one of two things happens: The Marlins can take back right-hander Sidney Ponson, who is due $10 million in 2006, the final season of a three-year, $22.5 million deal. Or they can pick up a significant portion of Lowell's remaining contract. Lowell is signed through 2007 and owed about $21 million, including this season.
-- Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

If Florida can dump third baseman Mike Lowell's contract (about $21 million is left on it) while also dealing pitcher A.J. Burnett for top prospects, the Marlins may not feel inclined to move Encarnacion. Also, the team could move speedster Juan Pierre and conceivably fetch more than it could for Encarnacion. Again, that might preclude a Cards deal with Florida.
-- St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Mark Redman's start last night might have been his last for the Pirates. The team is engaged in intense discussions to trade Redman to Florida and could do so this week, pending the outcome of the Marlins' efforts with the Baltimore Orioles to pull off a much larger deal.
-- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Soriano might not get his wish to stay, because the Rangers need to add pitching if they hope to make the playoffs. Since they want to cling to their top minor league prospects, Soriano is likely their best trade chip.
-- Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Don't expect Jim Thome back in time to be traded. Thome, on the 15-day disabled list for the second time this season, won't even be sent out on a rehab assignment until Monday.
-- Philadelphia Daily News

A Massachusetts native, it seems obvious Tom Glavine would accept a deal to Boston. He mentioned he enjoyed pitching in St. Louis and in Wrigley Field, but said although he liked the West Coast, it's unlikely he'd go there. He called Baltimore's Camden Yards a typical AL bandbox but does think he could pitch in the AL.
-- New York Post

The Twins are looking for a third baseman and would like to have Bill Mueller, a low-salary veteran who is solid defensively and would be an impact hitter at the Metrodome. A major league source also said the Twins would consider Kevin Youkilis, and the deal could be expanded to include a Minnesota starting pitcher.
-- Boston Globe