A summary of Jayson Stark's latest "Rumblings and Grumblings" column…
- Why did the Tigers bother giving Dontrelle Willis another shot? Frustration, perhaps. "It was pretty obvious, wasn't it?" said one longtime front-office man. "They invested $29 million in the guy. They had $22 million left… They'd already eaten Gary Sheffield's money."
- As for a possible Jake Peavy-to-the-Cubs deal, Stark writes "The Cubs' ownership limbo now looks as if it might stretch until Christmas Eve. So who knows whether Cubs GM Jim Hendry will even be released from captivity in time to pursue another Peavy deal come July."
- The chances of Roy Oswalt, along with a few other of Houston's high profile stars being placed on the trade market this summer? "Based on the history?" an executive of one club said, laughing. "I'd say zero."
- The Orioles should have relievers available come July. Scouts are drooling over Danys Baez, who seems to have regained his form this year with a 2.37 ERA and 0.84 WHIP. Closer George Sherrill could also draw plenty of interest.