Nomar Garciaparra's asking price for next season will likely be more than the Dodgers are willing to pay.
The Angels' Chone Figgins could be part of a package to land White Sox third baseman Joe Crede, who is arbitration eligible after this season and is in the middle of a breakout season after a standout postseason. White Sox general manager Ken Williams has a tenuous relationship with Scott Boras, Crede's agent. Boras is an Angels season ticket holder and represents Jered Weaver and Chris Bootcheck. -- Los Angeles Daily News
Ozzie Guillen declared that both left field and center field are open competitions for 2007. There have been whispers that Scott Podsednik -- who has started a majority of the games in left field this year -- will not be offered arbitration this offseason. Meanwhile, Opening Day center fielder Brian Anderson needs to show something this winter and next spring if he wants to hold onto his job. -- Chicago Sun-Times
Will Dodgers re-sign Nomar Garciaparra? Garciaparra already has accrued enough plate appearances to push his salary to $7.5 million. It likely will cost the Dodgers more than that annually to retain him, and given his history of injuries, it likely will cost more than the Dodgers are willing to pay. -- Los Angeles Daily News
Pat Burrell was asked Sunday whether his diminished role would lead him to waive his no-trade clause and have the Phillies seek to move him and the remaining 2 years and $27 million on his contract. While maintaining he would prefer to stay in Philadelphia, Burrell has never sounded so agreeable to a possible deal. -- Philadelphia Daily News
Roger Clemens, who suffered a strained right groin and exited after five innings on Labor Day in Philadelphia, remains in line to start Friday against the Phillies. Although manager Phil Garner hasn't spoken to the pitcher, Garner has received updates from his trainers who have been monitoring Clemens' progress as he rehabs in Houston. -- Houston Chronicle
Noticing that Mariano Rivera cut loose the last 10 tosses he made Sunday, Yankees trainer Gene Monahan scratched Rivera from a scheduled game of catch today. Instead, Rivera will play catch tomorrow. -- New York Post