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Newz Forum: BASEBALL: MLB Rumors and News 19/08/04

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Loaiza may return to Texas
New York Post

The Post's George King reports that the Yankees are on the verge of trading Esteban Loaiza to the Rangers for prospects.
 

Angels looking to bolster offense
Orange County Register

The Register's Mark Saxon reports that the Angels could trade for Shea Hillenbrand, Bret Boone or Placido Polanco.

Dodgers searching for relief
Orange County Register

The Register's Bill Plunkett reports that Gabe White, Justin Speier, Al Levine, Buddy Groom and Jason Grimsley are among the relievers that the Dodgers may try to acquire.

Jordan, Matthews could be bound for Philly
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

The Star-Telegram's T.R. Sullivan reports that the Phillies may be interested in dealing for the Rangers' Brian Jordan or Gary Matthews.

Contract Talk
Tampa Tribune

OFs Rocco Baldelli and Carl Crawford continue to wait on the Rays to respond to their counteroffers made last week. The Rays offered both players six-year contracts worth about $23 million earlier this month, two months after making initial overtures.

Sexson talks On Hold
East Valley Tribune

Negotiations on a contract extension for first baseman Richie Sexson, who is eligible for free agency after the season, will resume Sept. 2. Agent Casey Close is scheduled to come to Phoenix that day for face-to-face bargaining.

Tigers' next step: Find ace starter
Detroit Free Press

The Red Sox don't seem inclined to re-sign right-hander Derek Lowe, and you'll likely see speculation linking the former Dearborn Edsel Ford standout to the Tigers. Whether Lowe fits the definition of a No. 1 starter remains to be seen, but the Tigers figure to be interested in him if his asking price isn't prohibitive.

Phillies watching
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

With the Philadelphia Phillies looking for outfield help, scout Charlie Manuel has been watching the Rangers this week. Brian Jordan could be of interest, although the Phillies are falling out of the wild-card race. The Phillies are also looking for center field help next year, which might lead them to Gary Matthews.

Left-Hander Stewart Obtained in Deal
Los Angeles Times

The Dodgers, revamping their bullpen on the fly in the pennant stretch, acquired triple-A left-hander Scott Stewart from the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday. General Manager Paul DePodesta said he is in talks with two other teams about trading for a reliever and said the outcome of those talks could determine whether Stewart reports to Los Angeles or triple-A Las Vegas.

Bowa: I'm not worried about my job status
Courier-Post

Phillies manager Larry Bowa may lose sleep from time-to-time wondering about a move he made in a game and whether it was the right decision or not, but he's not losing any sleep worrying about whether he'll be returning next season or if he'll even make it to the next game.

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