The latest from ESPN's Jayson Stark…
- Stark writes that Mark Buehrle is "widely expected to re-up with the White Sox," leaving a thin free agent market for starting pitchers next winter if Roy Oswalt and Chris Carpenter have their options picked up and C.J. Wilson re-signs with the Rangers. As I suggested last month, Scott Boras client Edwin Jackson could move to the head of the non-Sabathia class. One NL executive said to Stark, "Scott will make him sound like Walter Johnson. But how many teams has this guy been on?"
- The Royals' payroll could eventually rise as the Twins' did if all goes according to plan, team officials have been telling people in the game.
- Regarding the current labor negotiations, Stark hears that owners want a one-game playoff between the two wild card teams, while the players want a best-of-three. Which would you prefer?