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Posted: Friday July 14, 2006 11:06AM; Updated: Friday July 14, 2006 11:42AM
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Bud Selig can't decide how to handle the Barry Bonds situation.
Bud Selig can't decide how to handle the Barry Bonds situation.
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An official in the commissioner's office, granted anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the Barry Bonds situation, said commissioner Bud Selig was torn in his considerations of the matter. One minute, Selig is prepared to suspend Bonds; the next, he changes his mind. Selig could use an alternative plan. He could induce the Giants to pressure Bonds to step aside while continuing to be paid, so he could concentrate on the preparation of his defense. -- New York Times

The most intriguing aspect of the deal between the Reds and Nationals was that it sent Austin Kearns to Washington -- a team that already possesses a surplus of outfielders. That might enable aggressive Washington general manager Jim Bowden to deal another outfielder -- perhaps Alfonso Soriano, a player in whom the Tigers have expressed mild interest. -- Detroit Free Press

The White Sox have been calling around to clubs -- including the Mets -- letting it be known that Javier Vazquez or Freddy Garcia would be available. -- New York Daily News

Until now, the Yanks were expected to be the lone New York club pursuing Bobby Abreu. However, two sources confirmed to The Post that the Mets recently contacted Phillies GM Pat Gillick to say that if Abreu, closer Tom Gordon or starter Jon Lieber are made available before the July 31 non-waiver deadline, to count the Mets in. -- New York Post

Add the Angels to the list of teams (Tigers, Yankees, Red Sox, Cardinals) who could have some interest in Phillies rightfielder Bobby Abreu. -- Philadelphia Daily News

There has been speculation that Doug Melvin might be interested in acquiring Chicago Cubs veteran Greg Maddux but he said he did not consider starting pitching a problem area. -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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