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Posted: Wednesday January 17, 2007 10:20AM; Updated: Wednesday January 17, 2007 2:49PM
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With Mariano Rivera nearing retirement, the Yankees are already said to be eyeing the Angels' Francisco Rodriguez.
With Mariano Rivera nearing retirement, the Yankees are already said to be eyeing the Angels' Francisco Rodriguez.
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With Mariano Rivera nearing retirement in New York, the Yankees are already said to be eyeing the Angels' Francisco Rodriguez as a potential replacement. Rodriguez could command a deal in the four-year, $38-million range.
-- Los Angeles Times

The expected news is that Ken Griffey Jr. remains on schedule to be ready for spring training. The unexpected news is that right field may be in his future for the Reds. Griffey and manager Jerry Narron have talked about the possibility of Griffey switching to right field and Griffey is open-minded about the possibility.
-- Dayton Daily News

Darin Erstad has a one-year offer from Oakland and has drawn interest from several other teams, but he still is considering accepting the Angels' invitation to spring training and trying to win a spot with the only team he's known.
-- Riverside Press-Enterprise

The Cubs insist they no longer are addicted to the idea of Mark Prior being a force in their rotation. If you listen close enough, they aren't even talking much about Prior being in their 2007 rotation. People he shared the clubhouse with whispered the same cutting critique -- a crude variation for being soft.
-- Chicago Sun-Times

There are several teams such as the Marlins, Braves and Dodgers that they still appear to match up well with the Devil Rays. But reality is that the Rays would want so much in return for CF Rocco Baldelli (like two young starters) that a trade before the start of spring training is very unlikely.
-- St. Petersburg Times

A lawyer on the Barry Bonds side said yesterday that they suspect the Giants, reacting to negative news media views in the Bay Area, are exploring ways of getting out of the contract. When an official on the management side with knowledge of the talks was asked yesterday if the deal could blow up, he said, "It's possible."
-- New York Times

The White Sox would like to think their contract agreement with Joe Crede on Tuesday brought them one year closer to a multiyear deal. Reality, however, is that the sides likely have moved one year closer to parting ways. With Scott Boras as his agent, the Sox privately have been anticipating the day when Crede bolts the South Side.
-- Chicago Sun-Times

Despite the fact the Mets are still in contact with pitcher Tomo Ohka's agent and still speak with the A's regarding Oakland's starters, the Mets don't expect to add to their rotation between now and spring training.
-- New York Post

The Rangers expect to hear from Sammy Sosa in the next few days, but if he does not accept their contract offer, they are comfortable with the group competing but might look for another righthanded hitter to compete for the DH spot in spring training.
-- Fort Worth Star-Telegram

The Pirates are miles apart from settling with National League batting champion Freddy Sanchez. The Pirates' position is that Sanchez did not establish himself as an everyday player until last season.
-- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Brian Roberts is under the Orioles' contractual control for the next two seasons, but the organization would like to buy out at least one year of his free agency and avoid arbitration this year and the next by signing him through 2009.
-- Baltimore Sun

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