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Odds and Ends: Sabathia, Teixeira, Ibanez, Giles, Lee

CC Sabathia is 6-0 since getting traded to the Brewers, and naturally his teammates are thrilled to have him. Especially Prince Fielder, who said of his new ace, "I'm like his mini-me."

Angels owner Arte Moreno said it was "emotional" for him to trade home-grown first baseman Casey Kotchman, but that he won't regret the move even if new Angel Mark Teixeira leaves as a free agent after the season. He mentioned budding AAA star Kendry Morales as a possible replacement.

The News Tribune's Larry LaRue worries that the Mariners won't be able to keep Raul Ibanez after the season. Ibanez has said he'd like a 4-year deal, but LaRue sees the M's offering three at most. Plus, he notes that it's a little late for them to start talking about a contract extension.

Brian Giles is annoyed that details of his vetoed trade to Boston became public. "I didn't know everybody was supposed to know, especially when it wasn't a done deal and it wouldn't go down," Giles said. "It's kind of between myself and my agent and Boston and the Padres." He also expressed a desire to stay with the Pads---a preference that was greeted with suspicion by the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo.

And President George W. Bush thinks Carlos Lee's contract is just fine.


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