Rafael Palmeiro Rumors
ESPN's Peter Gammons has a new blog post up.
- The Tigers called the Rays, shopping perpetually unhappy DH Gary Sheffield. The Rays' baseball people were not interested.
- Albert Pujols' elbow is barking a bit, but he expects to finish the season. I wonder what a healthy Albert could do.
- Gammons notes a failed waiver trade back in '03. The Cubs acquired Rafael Palmeiro, but Raffy nixed the deal when they wouldn't add a year to his contract.
As I mentioned in the Jim Parque post, I am fascinated by comeback attempts. 42 year-old Rafael Palmeiro is the latest candidate. The Boston Globe indicates that he doesn't feel he's finished and wants to return. Speaking of '05 steroid busts, look who could be the Marlins' CF in '07. Maybe Sammy, Raffy, and Sanchez will all miraculously return to the bigs.
Palmeiro only played seven games following his 2005 steroid suspension, and he was 2 for 26. A sprained ankle may have been a mitigating factor. Would it be worth the negative attention for some team to carry Palmeiro as a bench player, a year removed from the game? Probably not.