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Posted: Monday March 26, 2007 10:07AM; Updated: Monday March 26, 2007 10:07AM
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The Giants are looking into Alex Rodriguez's availability next season.
The Giants are looking into Alex Rodriguez's availability next season.
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Giants fans might be interested to know their team checked into A-Rod's availability this offseason. The Giants will have money to spend next winter because of several contracts coming off the books. That's more than enough for a down payment on A-Rod.
-- San Francisco Chronicle

General manager Ken Williams has been low-key the last week, which means he may have one last deal up his sleeve. Williams has a history of making a trade late in spring training
-- Chicago Sun-Times

Brian Cashman said Saturday that he was not going to look for pitching help outside the organization, as he is content with the Yankees' depth in the farm system. That would seem to rule out Roger Clemens - for now, anyway.
-- New York Daily News

If the Red Sox want to deal Joel Pineiro now that he is no longer in the picture to serve as closer, they are not going to have difficulty finding a trading partner. The Reds, who are leaning toward selecting Dustin Hermanson as closer from a pool of journeyman relievers, may be the best fit.
-- Boston Herald

Barry Zito's demeanor has endeared him to his new Giants teammates, who do not see a $126 million pitcher, but a guy who comes to work in faded jeans and changes clothes in nothing flat so he can hit the weight room.
-- San Francisco Chronicle

Tampa Bay's awful spring has executives wondering why the Devil Rays didn't trade Carl Crawford or Rocco Baldelli for pitching over the winter. The Rays' rotation is as thin as ever, B.J. Upton doesn't have a spot to play and Baldelli is experiencing more hamstring problems.
-- Chicago Tribune

The deadline for completing talks on a possible five-year contract extension for Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano looms a week away, with perhaps a $10 million to $12 million gap to close. Zambrano said if a deal isn't made by Opening Day, he'll cut off talks until he becomes a free agent after the season.
-- Chicago Sun-Times

Kerry Wood's chances to open the season on the Cubs' active roster likely ended Sunday when the injury-plagued right-handed pitcher suffered another setback. a team source confirmed that Wood was hurt again after he pitched one inning of relief Sunday and that he's scheduled to be examined by the team doctor this morning.
-- Chicago Sun-Times

A clearly unhappy Chan Ho Park started his new career as a reliever yesterday. Considering the lack of quality starters around the majors, the Mets could trade Park tomorrow to someone who would put him in the rotation.
-- New York Post

The Dodgers are trying hard to move reliever Elmer Dessens, an industry source said Sunday, and it isn't because they hope to get much in return. Apparently, club officials want to create a roster spot for veteran Rudy Seanez.
-- Los Angeles Daily News

Shortstop Clint Barmes, optioned to Triple-A on Friday, is continuing to draw interest from the Rangers. But according to a major-league source, the Rockies continue to seek starting-shortstop value for Barmes, and that's putting a crimp in the Rockies' ability to trade him. Also, the Rangers are no longer interested in Byung-Hyun Kim.
-- Denver Post

The Pirates likely will not have Freddy Sanchez for the season's first two series, and they almost surely will be without John Grabow for the same span or longer.
-- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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