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Posted: Monday September 11, 2006 11:19AM; Updated: Monday September 11, 2006 7:14PM
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Trading Manny Ramirez would leave the Red Sox with a hole in their lineup in more ways than one.
Trading Manny Ramirez would leave the Red Sox with a hole in their lineup in more ways than one.
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According to sources, many Rangers lack trust in their manager. With Buck Showalter nearing the end of his fourth season and no playoff berths to show for it, he has become a lightning rod for dissatisfaction, with whispers of criticism emanating from his own clubhouse.
-- Fort Worth Star-Telegram

If Tom Hicks does keep Buck Showalter, it figures to be a vastly different Ranger team next year, with Mark Teixeira and Hank Blalock likely to be dealt and Gary Matthews Jr. and Carlos Lee likely to leave as free agents.
-- New York Daily News

With the Red Sox budget likely to stay in the $120 million-$130 million range, correcting mistakes will take some creativity, because there isn't much coming off the books next season, and they may not want to enter a bidding war with the Yankees and Mets for Barry Zito or even Jason Schmidt. There are no closers worth spending for, which likely leaves Jonathan Papelbon where he is.
-- Boston Globe

If the Red Sox could ever deal Manny Ramírez (he would have to OK it, as a 10-5 player), they would have to find a way to protect David Ortiz, perhaps with a trade for Andruw Jones (which would move Coco Crisp either to left field or to Atlanta as part of the package) or signing a Carlos Lee.
-- Boston Globe

The Giants did not decide to dump Barry Bonds when he was scuffling and are not rushing a new contract into his hands now that he is raking and his outlook for breaking the all-time home-run record next season is rosier. Owner Peter Magowan said no decision will be made until management holds internal discussions about the 2007 team and asks Bonds what he wants to do.
-- San Francisco Chronicle

The word is that Greg Maddux, a free agent after the season, will re-sign with the Dodgers.
-- San Francisco Chronicle

The Cardinals are increasingly unlikely to assume Jim Edmonds' $10 million option for 2007, an issue complicated by the Gold Glove outfielder's ongoing struggle with post-concussion syndrome, according to club sources.
-- St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The Mariners will be shopping for free agent pitching this winter, regardless of whether they sign Gil Meche. Adam Eaton is thought to be on Seattle's wish list.
-- Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Mariano Rivera seems unlikely to be available to the Yankees through the upcoming homestand, which includes a four-game, three-day series against the Red Sox next weekend.
-- Newark Star-Ledger

Pedro Martinez said he felt fine after throwing a simulated game Saturday morning that has him on track for a return later this week.
-- New York Post

In an effort to allow Willie Randolph to start thinking about his postseason roster, Cliff Floyd is going to attempt to play every game this week to see how his chronically sore left leg responds to the pressure.
-- New York Post

Pitcher Arthur Rhodes is expected to miss significant time, the Phillies said. With just 19 games to play, that likely means the rest of the season. Rhodes, who strained a tendon and sprained a ligament in his left elbow in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Marlins, could have an MRI exam today.
-- Philadelphia Inquirer

There will be no official announcement by the Milwaukee Brewers but third baseman Corey Koskie is done for the season. It became apparent to the Brewers that Koskie would not return to action when he suffered a setback to his post-concussion syndrome merely by sitting on the bench during games at the beginning of the home stand.
-- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

New Twin Phil Nevin, 35, who is being paid $10 million this season, said he wants to remain in Minnesota next year.
-- St. Paul Pioneer Press

Twins righthander Brad Radke will play catch before Tuesday's game, the first step in his unorthodox process of returning to the mound. Unlike Francisco Liriano's return from elbow and shoulder problems, Radke will not throw bullpen sessions or face hitters. He will build his arm up by playing catch before games from about 100 feet.
-- Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Dodgers pitcher Chad Billingsley threw 75 pitches in the bullpen and felt no pain from the strained muscle in his left side that has kept him sidelined since Aug. 27. Billingsley remains on track to start Saturday at home against the Padres.
-- Los Angeles Times

With Ray King unlikely to return, Colorado is auditioning left- handers Mike Venafro and Justin Hampson.
-- Denver Post

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