The Cubs deny they've offered Jason Schmidt a $45 million deal, but it doesn't mean they won't make an offer.
According to multiple sources, the Red Sox are close to a satisfactory deal for Manny Ramirez but still have not concocted one good enough to justify trading away David Ortiz' primary source of lineup protection. Talks with the Angels, Rangers, Dodgers, Padres, Giants and possibly the White Sox have been productive but no team, or pair of teams, has yet come up with the proper mix of young and proven talent that the Red Sox could live with. -- Boston Herald
Daisuke Matsuzaka's agent Scott Boras and the Red Sox are an ocean apart. The Sox believe Matsuzaka to be worth roughly $7 million to $8 million annually while Boras puts the number at somewhere near $15 million per. -- Boston Herald
While Daisuke Matsuzaka is viewed by most in baseball as a potential No. 1 starter, Kei Igawa is projected as a back-of-the-rotation arm. There is even a difference in opinion in the Yankee organization, according to team sources, over whether Igawa is a third, fourth or fifth starter. -- New York Daily News
Cubs insiders vehemently deny they've offered free-agent pitcher Jason Schmidt a three-year, $45 million deal. That doesn't mean the Cubs aren't interested in Schmidt or that they won't make an offer. But they need two starting pitchers, and it's more likely they'll come from a pool that includes Gil Meche, Vicente Padilla, Jake Westbrook and Jason Marquis. -- Daily Herald
Tom Glavine wants to rejoin the Braves and the Braves want the 40-year-old left-hander back in their starting rotation. But as of late Tuesday, a signing seemed far from imminent -- in fact, there was reason to doubt if it would happen at all. First and foremost, the Braves still had not made an offer to Glavine. -- Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Devil Rays are exploring the possibility of playing several regular-season games in the Orlando area, perhaps as soon as the upcoming season, as part of an effort by the franchise to broaden its fan base. A spokesman for Disney's Wide World of Sports said that Disney and the Rays have had "very preliminary" discussions about using the baseball stadium there for regular-season games. -- Tampa Tribune