Nothing in the news that is too breathtaking today, but there have been enough things worthy of mention that I thought I'd throw them all into one thread.
Here's a fun trade possibility: the Red Sox are interested in Chad Cordero (uh, who wouldn't be?) and may be dangling Wily Mo Pena, whom Jim Bowden is known to...how should I put this?...really like. Bowden hasn't acquired a toolsy outfielder for a couple of weeks now, so if the Sox found a way to sweeten the deal, perhaps Trader Jim would take the bait.
The Yankees have been quiet lately, but they may soon make an offer to bring back Ted Lilly. They have also been linked to Shea Hillenbrand and Rich Aurilia to fill a spot at first base.
The Rockies signed Jeff Francis to a four-year deal for $13.25M, which takes him through his arbitration years. He's still only 25, and if nothing else, he's proven he can eat innings. He may still turn into more than that. Even if he's no more than a 5th starter, he'll be worth close to that amount, and the Rockies will probably want to exercise their ~$7M option for his first year of free agency in 2011.
According to the LA Times, who I would link to if they didn't require registration, Carlos Lee isn't interested in the west coast, which would rule out the Dodgers, Angels, and Giants. You gotta admit, it would've been pretty funny if El Caballo signed in LA and he and Juan Pierre played side by side for the next five years. By the end of those deals, Vin Scully would've said "double to the left-field gap" more times than he did in his first twenty years of broadcasting.
The Reds sent more than half of Jason LaRue's salary along with him in yesterday's trade. I didn't think it was a horrible deal for the Royals in the first place (though, admittedly, do they really need a mediocre stopgap catcher to help get them to 70 wins?) but this makes it a better one. More coverage at Royals Review. (You didn't know there was a Royals blog, did you?)
By Jeff Sackmann
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