The Tigers might be interested in Carlos Lee again, who is expected to sign one of the richest off-season contracts.
Most of the experts have Carlos Lee headed to Houston because he has a ranch there, but sources close to Lee insist the Cubs are his preferred destination because of his numbers in Wrigley Field and a chance to show up the White Sox. -- Chicago Tribune
The Tigers pursued Carlos Lee and Alfonso Soriano before the July trade deadline and might renew their interest in the star outfielders now that each has entered free agency.
Lee and Soriano are expected to sign two of the off-season's richest contracts. And, since owner Mike Ilitch likely will authorize a payroll near $90 million, the Tigers might have the financial capability to sign one or the other. -- Detroit Free Press
Early candidates to replace Josh Barfield at second base in San Diego are free agents Craig Counsell and Nomar Garciaparra and the Braves' Marcus Giles. -- San Diego Union-Tribune
It has not been reported, but the Indians again are considering making a bid for Nomar Garciaparra. -- Akron Beacon Journal
Two different major-league officials believed Yankees OF Gary Sheffield will end up with the Cubs or Athletics. The Padres are also in the mix, but the Astros aren't. -- New York Post
Ron Washington has only been the Rangers manager since Monday, but he is already making Texas a potentially choice destination for free agents. It will take money to get any deals done, but prize free-agent pitcher Barry Zito has placed the Rangers on his short list as a result of Washington's hire. -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The favorites to be the A's next manager figure to be bench coach Bob Geren, the longtime friend of A's GM Billy Beane, followed by Orel Hershiser and Trey Hillman. Even though Hershiser has never managed, and pitching coaches have limited success as managers, that wouldn't stop Beane from hiring one. -- Oakland Tribune
Two players who might draw interest from both Chicago clubs -- if they hit the market -- are Colorado starter Jason Jennings and Dodgers outfielder J.D. Drew. -- Daily Herald
The bids are now in for Daisuke Matsuzaka, and the Seibu Lions could accept -- and announce -- the winning offer as soon as today, and no later than Tuesday. At that point, the designated team can begin contract discussions with Scott Boras, Matsuzaka's agent. -- Newsday
GM Jim Hendry still is working on a way to keep Aramis Ramirez in a Cubs uniform through 2011, but time is running out. Saturday is the final day the Cubs have exclusive negotiating rights before the Angels and Dodgers lead a group of potential suitors for the free-agent third baseman. Because it's unlikely the Cubs will get into a bidding war, Ramirez probably will get a take-it-or-leave-it offer by Saturday night. -- Chicago Tribune
Charles Nagy, the Angels' triple-A pitching coach, is the leading candidate to replace Bud Black. The Angels also are expected to consider Dave Wallace, the former pitching coach for the Dodgers and Red Sox. -- Los Angeles Times