Posted: Wednesday July 26, 2006 11:02AM; Updated: Wednesday July 26, 2006 4:51PM
Is this it for Maddux?
Greg Maddux has said he wants to play as long as possible, but Tom Glavine thinks the future Hall of Famer may retire after this season.
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Glavine believes his buddy Greg Maddux may want to make Milwaukee his last stop before retiring. "I'd be surprised if he played next year,'' Glavine told SI.com.
When Maddux was relayed Glavine's remark, Maddux said, "We'll see what happens. I don't know. I'll play until I get fired.''
Glavine believes that Maddux's first choice would be to be traded to the Brewers, where his brother Mike is pitching coach, assuming the faltering Brewers remain buyers. "I think he's intrigued by the idea of pitching for his brother,'' Glavine said of the lifetime 326-200 pitcher.
Maddux, who has no-trade rights, said, "I don't know if I'm going to get traded. I haven't heard nothing. I'm an employee. I work for them. They don't work for me.''
But here's a clue as to Maddux's heart: He said he spent the All-Star break fishing and golfing with his brother around Pewaukee Lake, just west of Milwaukee.
What's Brewin' with Lee?
Brewers GM Doug Melvin has been calling prospective trading partners over the past couple of days to let them know that if they continue to slump, he will be taking bids on slugging outfielder Carlos Lee.
Melvin said in this space last week they'd have to "fall on our faces'' to trade Lee, but their 4-7 post-All-Star start has him thinking. "Doug's definitely waffling,'' one competing GM said. "If he has a good week, he'll hold onto [Lee]. If he has a bad week, he'll be gone.''
Actually, other GMs said Melvin was pretty specific about his plans. He was telling teams that if they remained four or five games behind in the playoff chase, he'd keep Lee. But if they fell, say, seven games back, they'd switch to selling mode. (He didn't say what he'd do if they're six back.)
If the Brewers -- 5˝ behind wild-card-leading Cincinnati after losing to Pittsburgh on Tuesday -- open up bidding, the Dodgers would become a likely landing spot for Lee. L.A. has multiple young players who'd interest Milwaukee, perhaps including shortstop Cesar Izturis, who's playing out of position at third base. Assuming L.A. wouldn't surrender Andre Ethier or Matt Kemp, the Brewers could look toward third base prospect Andy LaRoche or pitching prospect Scott Elbert.
Around the majors
Unless Lee makes it to market, Alfonso Soriano remains the cream of the crop. Nationals GM Jim Bowden was said to be calling around Tuesday, trying what may be a last-ditch effort to beat what he has. "He's looking for a Herschel Walker-type deal,'' one GM said.
It's a long shot that the still-contending Diamondbacks would trade Miguel Batista, who's drawn interest from no fewer than 15 teams. A few apparently have even offered to take Shawn Green's contract if it means getting Batista. Arizona would like to get the $15.5 million due Green through next year off the books and give Carlos Quentin a clean shot at right field.
In addition to the Yankees, the Cardinals have talked about Craig Wilson.
The Tigers inquired about David Dellucci but appear to be shooting much higher now (i.e., Soriano, Lee).