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Newz Forum: BASEBALL: MLB Rumors and News 16/08/04

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Wells deal blocked by Yankees
New York Post

The Post's George King reports that the Yankees put in a claim on Padres starter David Wells to ensure that he wouldn't be traded to a club in the A.L. There is also talk that the Yankees could try to swap Jon Lieber for Wells.
 

Ordonez comments get Mets GM in hot water
New York Post

The Post's Michael Morrissey reports that White Sox GM Ken Williams is upset with Mets GM Jim Duquette for having said that he will "be watching" free-agent-to-be Magglio Ordonez.

Astros may not bring back Garner
Houston Chronicle

Chronicle columnist Richard Justice writes that it's looking "less likely by the day" that manager Phil Garner will be back with the Astros next season.

Milton could return to Minnesota
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Star Tribune columnist Sid Hartman writes that the Twins could try to sign Eric Milton in the offseason.

Dodgers unlikely to acquire Kendall
Beaver County Times

The Times' John Perrotto reports that the Pirates are unlikely to deal Jason Kendall to the Dodgers.

Rangers could sign Escobar
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

The Rangers have had some internal discussions about outfielder Alex Escobar, who was released last week by the Cleveland Indians. He can be a free agent if he clears waivers Monday.

Martinez, Cruz Clear Waivers
St. Petersburg Times

A story on ESPN.com says first baseman Tino Martinez and outfielder Jose Cruz cleared waivers, meaning they can be traded... Leftfielder Carl Crawford said his representatives have countered the contract offer made by the team. That means he and Baldelli are waiting for responses.

Trading Wilson losing urgency
Denver Post

When Phillies outfielder Pat Burrell went down with a potential season-ending sprained wrist, there was speculation (Preston) Wilson might not make the trip to Pittsburgh, remaining instead as the Phillies' center fielder.

Slumping Sosa at crossroads
Chicago Tribune

Sosa will earn $17 million next season. He'll be 37 when the Cubs have to decide on their $19 million option for 2006, and it's not likely they'll pick it up at that figure, particularly if they re-sign Garciaparra at a big number.

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