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Obstacles to Bedard trade (cont.)

Posted: Wednesday December 5, 2007 11:36AM; Updated: Wednesday December 5, 2007 2:43PM
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Rolen could still go

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Brewers GM Doug Melvin, one of baseball's more experienced dealers, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel it was he who couldn't quite pull the trigger on the trade that would have brought Scott Rolen from St. Louis. However, that deal isn't quite dead.

People close to that team still could see trade talks reviving between the teams. Rolen, who does not get along with Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, has a full no-trade clause and apparently was sold on the idea of going north to Milwaukee by former Cardinals teammates Jeff Suppan. Rolen, an Indiana native, always has enjoyed his Midwestern roots, anyway.

The main holdup was the second player to accompany struggling pitcher Chris Capuano to St. Louis. But the division rivals may yet be able to bridge their differences.

Of course, it's no surprise that Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan thinks he can help Capuano, who singlehandedly prevented the Brewers from making the playoffs in 2007 by losing just about every game he started after beginning 7-0. Almost unbelievably, the Brewers lost the last 22 games in which Capuano appeared after winning the first seven.

If anyone can use the pitching doctor, it's Capuano.

Peavy is anxious to stay

Jake Peavy is close to signing a three-year extension for about $52 million that would keep him in San Diego through 2011, SI.com has confirmed. Peavy could be in line for double that, or more, if he waited. But he wanted to stay in San Diego, an entrancing place. Foxsports.com first reported news of the coming deal.

Peavy's agent Barry Axelrod, whose top clients have a reputation for remaining in one place (see Jeff Bagwell and Criag Biggio), advised him to consider staying. "Stop and look at what you've got,'' Axelrod told Peavy at the start of 2007. And Peavy listened.

"He feels extremely comfortable there,'' Axelrod said. "He loves the people who run the club and it's a very pitcher-friendly ballpark.'' Axelrod also mentioned the presence of manager Bud Black, a former pitching coach, plus pitching coach Darren Balsley and future Hall of Famer Greg Maddux as more reasons to stay. So he will.

Around the Majors

• The Royals appear very interested in center fielder Andruw Jones, whose off year offensively has scared off a few (or made them think he should sign a one-year deal). The Royals offered Torii Hunter $70 million for five years before he signed with the Angels for $90 million and seem focused now on Jones. While Jones' preference isn't known, the Dodgers could also be enticing for him since he's said he'd like to play where it's warm. But if the Royals can win the battle for his services, they might trade outfielders David DeJesus and outfielder Mark Teahen.

• The Diamondbacks had a good meeting with Oakland in their attempt to beat the Dodgers, Yankees, Red Sox and Mets for top pitcher Danny Haren. And while the D-Backs have made several top young players untouchable (those include Justin Upton, Stephen Drew, Chris Young, Mark Reynolds and young pitcher Max Scherzer) and are short of top pitching prospects, Oakland sees enough positional talent to give Arizona a chance.

• The Cubs are considered the favorite for top Japanese League outfielder Hiroki Fukudome. But the Red Sox could be an interesting possibility, as well.

• The Giants desperately seek offense, but it appears dead set against trading young pitching star Matt Cain. They appear to favor him even ahead of pitching prodigy Tim Lincecum, who is as talented as any pitching prospect but whose small stature is an issue to some. A lack of height hasn't prevented Tampa Bay's Scott Kazmir from becoming a star, though.

Billy Martin and Whitey Herzog look like Hall of Famers to me, more so than some of the ones who did get in via the Veterans Committee. And players union savior Marvin Miller, who started the salary revolution, should definitely be in, as well. As Joel Sherman from the New York Post said, you couldn't write the history of baseball without prominently mentioning Miller's name.

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