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Heyman's Latest: Gillick, Pedro, Dempster, McLouth

Here's a look at the latest column from SI.com's Jon Heyman.

  • Heyman is hearing "scuttlebutt" that GM Pat Gillick may not leave the Phillies after all.
  • Theo Epstein's new deal is worth about $7MM over three years, which might be highest among GMs.
  • Pedro Martinez's agent insists Pedro will pitch next year.  In May, Martinez said he wanted to pitch two or three more years a couple days after suggesting retirement was an option.
  • Moises Alou is undecided on 2009.
  • Cubs GM Jim Hendry expects to re-sign Ryan Dempster after the season.
  • Heyman says the Yankees "will likely make a big play" for Nate McLouth.  The Pirates center fielder is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, meaning he's under team control for three more seasons.  McLouth's defense does not rate well (-21) under the previously discussed plus/minus systemCarlos Gomez is tops among CFs at +16.  Rumored Yankees target Matt Kemp is a +1.


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