Posted: Tuesday March 20, 2007 10:08AM; Updated: Tuesday March 20, 2007 10:08AM
Should the Mariners collapse, the odds increase considerably that they would trade Ichiro by the July 31 deadline.
The speculation already has started: Alex Rodriguez to the Angels? The circumstantial evidence appears compelling. The Angels still lack that big bat promised by owner Arte Moreno. If the Angels get that bat, shortstop Orlando Cabrera could be the odd man out.
When Ken Griffey Jr. plays, he'll play in right field. So said Reds manager Jerry Narron on Monday. When he'll play is still not clear.
The Rockies are exploring trades, with Baltimore keeping its eye on Josh Fogg and Oakland expressing interest in Byung-Hyun Kim. A wild-card possibility could be Los Angeles Dodgers lefthander Mark Hendrickson. The Rockies like him and are open to trade possibilities.
The Brewers are willing to move Kevin Mench, possibly even for prospects. He could fit with the Dodgers or the Pirates.
The Marlins are interested in obtaining Arizona reliever Jorge Julio to be their closer, and Yusmeiro Petit could be trade bait.
Carlos Beltran didn't roll his eyes the way he rolls his R's. But his smile carried more than a trace of annoyance when he heard Rickey Henderson wants to help the Mets talented center fielder steal more bases. Beltran has said stealing more bases is one of his goals for the coming season. But it has to be on his terms.
Phillies general manager Pat Gillick continues to express skepticism that he can move Jon Lieber for something that fits the Phillies' needs, and manager Charlie Manuel is beginning to take the hint.
The Cubs like Colorado's Clint Barmes, despite his low .264 on-base percentage last year and an equally anemic .295 lifetime OBP.
Manager Lou Piniella confirmed Monday what already seemed obvious: that, Mark Prior and Kerry Wood, the once mighty twin powers of the Cubs' pitching staff are too far behind the others in camp to be ready for the start of the season in less than two weeks.
James Loney, Larry Bigbie and Wilson Valdez aren't pitchers, but a decision regarding the staff was expected to have a great impact on at least one of them. The Dodgers will begin the season with 11 pitchers instead of 12, manager Grady Little said.
Despite Jeff Karstens' so-so day, which raised his exhibition ERA from 0.00 to 2.70, he remains in the running to make the fifth spot in the Yankees' starting rotation. He is a long shot to beat out Kei Igawa, but it is not out of the question.
Twins backup infield candidate Alejandro Machado, who has not participated in a spring training game because of tendinitis in his right shoulder, likely will start the season on the disabled list, manager Ron Gardenhire said Monday.
Despite threats from many fans they wouldn't be back this year because the Diamondbacks decided to part ways with Luis Gonzalez, ticket sales are selling much better than expected.