Lots of interesting stuff here...
David Ortiz said today he doesn't expect Manny Ramirez back with the Red Sox next season.
"Manny is living through a difficult situation (in Boston) that only he and his family know and he no longer wants to play there," Ortiz said. "I spoke with him last week before he left for Brazil and he told me that he wants to go to a team in the West." Ramirez, who can block a trade, would like to play for the Angels. Nov. 22 - 1:26 pm et
The Diamondbacks are moving closer to a trade of Javier Vazquez and could have something done within the next two weeks.
"We've talked to a number of clubs, and we know where things stand," Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes said, "so it's very possible something could happen before or during the winter meetings (which begin Dec. 5 in Dallas)." Vazquez can block trades to six teams and it's believed that Philadelphia, Texas, Colorado and Seattle are four of the teams on his list. Nov. 22 - 1:21 pm et
Source: Arizona Republic
Yankees manager Joe Torre and former player Paul O'Neill have both tried calling free agent Brian Giles, but they've yet to get in touch with him.
Joe Bick, who represents Giles, also represented O'Neill as a player. The manager and former outfielder will try to sell Giles on the Yankees if they can reach him. It might be that Giles will return to San Diego without seriously considering offers from other teams. Nov. 22 - 4:20 am et
Source: New York Post
The Yankees asked the A's about Mark Kotsay, but talks went nowhere after GM Billy Beane asked for Robinson Cano and Chien-Ming Wang.
Just for a change of pace, maybe some team should ask the Yankees for Cano and Shawn Chacon. The A's signed Kotsay to an extension through 2008 over the summer and aren't looking to move him. Still, no one is untouchable in Oakland. Nov. 22 - 4:17 am et
Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Though they've apparently missed out on Josh Beckett, the Dodgers still hope to take advantage of the Marlins' fire sale, perhaps with a Juan Pierre or Carlos Delgado acquisition.
Dodgers GM Ned Colletti spoke Monday with Marlins GM Larry Beinfest, who he said was "thinking about moving a few different players … and he knows what our interest is." It doesn't appear that Paul Lo Duca will return to Los Angeles -- catcher is no longer a need in the organization -- but perhaps something can get done. The Dodgers certainly have enough prospects with which to entice the Marlins. Nov. 22 - 3:58 am et
Source: Los Angeles Times
Billy Wagner is expected to be extended a contract offer today before he returns home from his two-day visit with the Mets in New York.
It's expected that the Mets will open with a three-year proposal, but they could add a fourth year if they believe Wagner is serious about his willingness to play in New York. The Phillies are also expected to sweeten their offer to Wagner soon, probably by guaranteeing him a third year. Nov. 22 - 3:40 am et
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
According to the Newark Star-Ledger, the Cubs and Bobby Howry are nearing an agreement on a three-year deal.
The Cubs must have very little faith in the pitchers they've been developing over the last few years. Howry will probably get even more than the $11 million that Scott Eyre is set to earn over the next three years. Nov. 22 - 4:13 am et
Source: Newark Star-Ledger