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Posted: Wednesday December 6, 2006 10:22AM; Updated: Wednesday December 6, 2006 10:22AM
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The Mariners are looking to move players in order to clear money to go after Barry Zito.
The Mariners are looking to move players in order to clear money to go after Barry Zito.
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The Mariners have let teams know they are looking to move Richie Sexson and third baseman Adrian Beltre in order to reduce payroll. It's believed the Mariners are clearing money in order to go after free agent Barry Zito.
-- New York Post

Agent Scott Boras shot down speculation that the Braves were shopping center fielder Andruw Jones. The Angels expressed interest in Jones before acquiring Gary Matthews Jr., and there was an XM radio report Tuesday that the Braves and Dodgers were discussing a deal for Jones, who has no-trade powers and will be a free agent after 2007.
-- Los Angeles Times

There was word in the lobby Tuesday that the $18 million Barry Bonds wants for 2007 is merely a base. According to a major-league source, agent Jeff Borris wants easily reachable incentives built into the contract that would raise Bonds' salary for this season beyond $18 million and guarantee his contract for 2008 -- a package potentially worth more than $40 million. Although the Giants say they want to re-sign Bonds, pursuing so many other high-priced players seems to suggest otherwise.
-- San Francisco Chronicle

Seattle engaged in talks with the Texas Rangers about prized young lefty John Danks. The Mariners also asked the Orioles about some of their developing arms and found themselves back in the forefront of yet another three-way trade rumor that would see them land Braves starter Tim Hudson.
-- Seattle Times

The Orioles and the Braves were in the advanced stages of a deal that would have sent Brian Roberts and pitching prospect Hayden Penn to Atlanta for second baseman Marcus Giles and first baseman Adam LaRoche. According to several team sources officially died when club owner Peter Angelos informed Orioles executives that he wouldn't approve the deal. Roberts is a longtime favorite of the Orioles' owner.
-- Baltimore Sun

The Braves talked again to Anaheim about a Adam LaRoche trade proposal for Angels utilityman Chone Figgins, who could play second base and lead off, and first base prospect Casey Kotchman. But the Braves also want a pitcher, and the Angels won't trade starter Ervin Santana or standout setup man Scot Shields.
-- Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Pirates are plenty interested in Braves first baseman Adam LaRoche, but they might be losing steam for Jeff Suppan or any free-agent pitcher.
-- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ken Griffey Jr. is preparing for the season like a center fielder. But the Reds have not ruled out playing Griffey in right field. Ryan Freel can cover more ground than Griffey because of his speed. It's possible that part of his reluctance to move from center comes from the way Freel plays. Freel is so reckless that other outfielders tend to shy away from getting near him when the ball is in the air.
-- Cincinnati Enquirer

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