Phillies need help in center
Philadelphia Daily News
The Daily News' Paul Hagen reports that Andruw Jones, Kenny Lofton, Bernie Williams, Jacque Jones, Shannon Stewart, Marquis Grissom, Jay Payton, Ryan
Freel, Randy Winn and Dave Roberts are among the centerfielders that the Phillies could pursue in the offseason.
Bonds isn't ready to retire
Contra Costa Times
The Times' Joe Roderick reports that Barry Bonds may want to play until 2007.
Cubs should sign Drew
Daily Herald columnist Bruce Miles writes that Braves outfielder J.D. Drew would be an "ideal sign" for the Cubs.
Floyd lobbying for Baylor
New York Post
Cliff Floyd told the Post's Dan Martin that he "would love it" if the Mets replaced manager Art Howe with bench coach Don Baylor.
Grace could help get Diamondbacks back on track
The Republic's Bob McManaman has complied a list of things that the Diamondbacks could do to improve themselves. McManaman suggests that the
Diamondbacks hire Mark Grace to be their next manager, re-sign Richie Sexson, sign a starting pitcher and reacquire Steve Finley.
Angels keep Ortiz in dark
Orange County Register
The Angels have a $5 million club option on Ramon Ortiz next year, one they appear unlikely to pick up.
Huge Salary Makes Hidalgo's Return Questionable
With the manager gone (but still here), the Mets can turn their attention to players who are here (but might soon be gone). One such player is Richard
Valentine hasn't closed door on return
New York Daily News
Valentine didn't dismiss the idea of returning to Shea: 'Let's say that everything is open for conversation.' A source close to Valentine said that
before he left for his current managerial job in Japan, Fred Wilpon told him over lunch, 'I fired the wrong guy.'
Too bad for Jays if they don't re-sign Delgado
Globe and Mail
Conventional wisdom has it that the Blue Jays won't re-sign Delgado after this season when he is eligible to become a free agent. That would be too
bad because it would leave a big hole for the Blue Jays to plug.
Does Piniella want to join Mets?
New York Post
For now, Piniella remains the Mets' top choice if he can extract himself from the final two seasons of his Tampa Bay contract. Multiple sources
described Piniella as miserable and yearning to get to the Mets where he would have a bigger payroll in a baseball-infatuated city.