Benson trade appears imminent
Pittsburgh Tribune Review
The Minnesota Twins continue to have the most attractive pieces to offer in a Benson trade. Two baseball officials said yesterday that first baseman
Doug Mientkiewicz, who has been told by Twins management that he will be traded, is not part of the package. The Anaheim Angels also have been
mentioned as a potential trading partner, with the Pirates getting first base prospect Casey Kotchman. Baseball officials also said the Atlanta Braves
have emerged as a potential suitor for Benson, who graduated from high school in nearby Marietta, Ga. The Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets,
though, no longer appear to be in the running."
Giants eyeing Urbina
San Francisco Chronicle
The Chronicle's Henry Schulman reports that Giants GM Brian Sabean was on hand to watch Tigers closer Ugueth Urbina pitch last night. There is also a
chance that the Giants will deal for Randy Johnson.
Big Unit could pitch for Yankees on Friday
Record columnist Bob Klapisch writes that the Yankees could get Randy Johnson as part of a three-way deal involving the Padres or Marlins. Word is
that Johnson wants a deal to get done quickly so that he can pitch for his new team on Friday.
Mets, Rangers in hunt for Zambrano
St. Petersburg Times
The Times' Marc Topkin reports that the Devil Rays could trade Victor Zambrano to the Mets for Scott Kazmir or to the Rangers for Kevin Mench.
Twins won't deal Guzman to Cubs
St. Paul Pioneer Press
There is no truth to the rumor that the Twins have considered trying to trade Cristian Guzman to the Chicago Cubs, who could use a shortstop, for
minor league prospects.
Conine is a fish worth keeping
Palm Beach Post
Just don't let it be Jeff Conine who gets shipped away for some exciting, new face in the lineup. Don't let it be Mr. Marlin, who only last August
returned to the franchise he helped to birth and provided exactly the same offensive spark and veteran leadership that everyone is praying for
Contra Costa Times
Chicago Cubs scout Ed Lynch has followed the Giants the past five games, but although there is speculation they'd like to pry away one of the Giants'
shortstops, the Cubs are looking for a reliever. A Milwaukee scout was on hand to track the Giants. The Brewers are seeking a position player, and
there are reports that closer Dan Kolb might be available.
A-Rod's Expecting 3-Day Ban
New York Post
While MLB's top cop Bob Watson says his investigation into Saturday's Yankees-Red Sox brawl at Fenway Park isn't complete, Alex Rodriguez believes he
is getting suspended. 'Three games is what I hear,' said A-Rod, who insists catcher Jason Varitek started the fracas at home plate after A-Rod was hit
by Bronson Arroyo.
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[Edited on 28/7/04 by TRD]