The White Sox seem to be the "mystery team" in pursuit of Barry Bonds.
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The White Sox are the "mystery team" in the Barry Bonds sweepstakes. Some reporters spent part of Wednesday working to identify the Sox as the team that seemingly spent the day meeting with Bonds and his agent, Jeff Borris. -- Chicago Tribune
With the Dodgers signing free-agent righthander Jason Schmidt, the Dodgers now may move a starter. Some officials say that the Dodgers could now deal righty Brad Penny.
And the Dodgers have interest in Blue Jays center fielder Vernon Wells. -- Toronto Sun
St. Louis manager Tony LaRussa approached Bonds' agent Wednesday night and requested a meeting with the seven-time Most Valuable Player. Sources close to the process said the Bonds negotiating team might not be using the Cardinals as a mere ploy to extract more money from the Giants. -- Oakland Tribune
While the Barry Bonds market is widely believed to involve only the Giants, the presence of a 42-year-old leftfielder being paraded through the hotel lobby by a flood of agents suggested he desperately was seeking -- or at least trying to create a perception of -- more interest. The Giants didn't know about it and weren't happy about it, but they found themselves in the middle of it. That shows how much they're willing to put up with it. -- San Francisco Chronicle
There is increasing anxiety on Yawkey Way that agent Scott Bora is posing an obstacle to the Red Sox bid to sign Daisuke Matsuzaka. According to sources with direct access to the Sox' view, there is an increasing feeling that Boras is setting the stage, both privately and publicly, that there is not going to be a deal. -- Boston Globe
Andy Pettitte is in play big-time with the Yankees and Barry Zito was on the table last night when Brian Cashman and Scott Boras spent four hours together outside of the Dolphin Hotel. -- New York Post
Despite all the speculation about wild offers from the Rangers and now the Giants, baseball officials are convinced the Mets are prepared to do what it takes to land free-agent Barry Zito. -- New York Daily News