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    Ken Rosenthal / FOXSports.com
    Posted: 21 hours ago

    Look for the Red Sox to finally trade left fielder Manny Ramirez this off-season. A thin free-agent market for sluggers will intensify the demand for Ramirez, and the Sox likely will be willing to pay some of the $57 million remaining on his contract through 2008 and/or take back salary in return. The Mets, Marlins and Rangers would be among the potential suitors for Ramirez — and don't rule out the Nationals under new ownership, especially if Jim Bowden remains general manager.
    Ramirez will gain 10-and-5 status — 10 years of service, five with the same club — at the end of the season, giving him the right to veto any deal. But given that he has repeatedly asked to be traded in recent seasons, he almost certainly would welcome a change. Imagine a Marlins' middle order that included Ramirez, Carlos Delgado and Miguel Cabrera. ...


    Jason Marquis could be on the way out of St. Louis even after his shutout Saturday in Washington. (Lawrence Jackson / Associated Press)


    Cardinals right-hander Jason Marquis pitched a two-hit shutout against the Nationals on Saturday, but it wouldn't be shocking if he were traded for a hitter before Wednesday's deadline for setting postseason rosters, or more likely, traded during the off-season.
    Marquis, who had won only one of his previous 13 starts, doesn't figure to be in the Cardinals' playoff rotation, and his salary figures to rise from $3 million to at least $4.5 million in arbitration next season. The Nationals are believed to have shown interest. ...



    It's getting ugly in Arizona, where first-year manager Bob Melvin is hearing the same criticism that he did in Seattle — that he's too passive to be a leader. "That lineup is too good to be struggling the way it is," one rival executive says of the sleepwalking Diamondbacks, who rank 10th in the NL in scoring.
    Melvin, however, didn't assemble the pitching staff, which allowed double digits in runs five times in an eight-game stretch and eight times in August. He also is working for a naïve owner, Ken Kendrick, who called on Melvin to criticize players publicly. This isn't the 1950s. Successful managers — Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre come to mind — refrain from embarrassing players in the media. ...


    The Mets can't get too excited over their four-game sweep of the D-Backs — "it was like batting practice; no one on the Arizona staff was pitching inside," one executive says — but the team's youthful energy is apparent.
    Three recent callups — first baseman Mike Jacobs, right fielder Victor Diaz and right-hander Jae Seo — all have provided a spark. Third baseman David Wright, 22, is the team's best player, while shortstop Jose Reyes, 22, is its most exciting. Jacobs could be the Mets' first baseman next season, and the team will look for a strong defensive catcher — with the Padres' Ramon Hernandez at the top of the list. ...


    After trading outfielder Matt Lawton to the Yankees, the Cubs remain open to offers for second baseman Todd Walker and outfielder Todd Hollandsworth, according to a rival general manager. Outfielder Jeromy Burnitz would be more difficult to move as he can exercise a $7 million option on his contract. ...

    The Jeff Kent-Milton Bradley feud is exposing rifts within the Dodgers' front office. Owner Frank McCourt told the Los Angeles Times that he underestimated the importance of character, a veiled criticism of GM Paul DePodesta. Tommy Lasorda, a special advisor to McCourt, is bad-mouthing DePodesta, according to rival scouts and executives. And manager Jim Tracy, who was believed to be in trouble, appears to be rising in stature. ...

    Sam Perlozzo's poise is one of many reasons the Orioles should remove the "interim" tag from his title. (Jamie Squire / Getty Images)


    Orioles co-general managers Jim Beattie and Mike Flanagan have largely gone into hiding, leaving interim manager Sam Perlozzo to speak for the club during the recent crises involving first baseman Rafael Palmeiro, who was suspended for steroid use, and right-hander Sidney Ponson, who was charged with DUI for the second time in nine months. Perlozzo has shown grace under pressure — one of several reasons why he deserves a chance to remain manager.
    The Orioles lost to Angels right-hander John Lackey on Aug. 3 and were even more impressed when they beat him 2-0 on Aug. 25. Second baseman Brian Roberts asked, "Where did 97 (mph) with the hammer come from?" — referring to Lackey's fastball and curve. ...


    The Mariners believe right-hander Felix Hernandez will be their ace next season at age 20, enabling them to pursue a middle-of-the-rotation type this winter rather than a No. 1 starter. Right-hander Ryan Franklin, 32, will likely be traded or non-tendered. He's five years older than right-hander Gil Meche with lesser stuff. ...

    What has gotten into Tigers first baseman Carlos Pena, who hit six home runs in his first five games after returning from Triple A? "He's been humbled — he has finally figured out that he doesn't have it figured out," said one A's coach who recalls Pena from his time with Oakland. "He has a different attitude. He's seeking information from all kinds of people. He's like a sponge now." It also helps that Pena is swinging through the ball instead of across it, the coach says. ...

    The Brewers, trying for their first winning season since 1992, resisted trading third baseman Wes Helms to the Phillies. Helms, a right-handed hitter, could have served the Phils in a first-base platoon with Ryan Howard. But with Jeff Cirillo on the disabled list and Russell Branyan nursing a sore lower back, the Brewers couldn't afford to move a third baseman. ...

    Reds rookie third baseman Edwin Encarnacion began taking extra fielding practice every day after interim manager Jerry Narron told him that Wade Boggs displayed such diligence during his Hall of Fame career. "I really believe when you get young guys to the big leagues, you better get it right from the beginning," Narron says. "If you don't, once guys get established, there's not going back." ...

    The Marlins, having struck out in repeated attempts to land Giants lefty reliever Scott Eyre, could be one of several teams interested in lefty Jason Christensen, whom the team designated for assignment on Friday night. ...

    A's manager Ken Macha is resisting the temptation to drop catcher Jason Kendall out of the leadoff spot, even though Mark Ellis has a .367 on-base percentage to Kendall's .339. Macha values Kendall's experience and doesn't want to deflate the 10-year veteran in the middle of his first pennant race. Kendall is a .320 career hitter in September, his best average in any month. ...

    Joe Mays could be an interesting off-season target for a few teams. (Rich Pilling / Getty Images)


    Several teams are intrigued by Twins right-hander Joe Mays, who will become a free agent this off-season after the club declines his $8.5 million option. Mays, 29, is 1-6 with a 7.48 ERA since the All-Star break, but he should be stronger next season. This was his first season back after he missed all of 2004 due to elbow-ligament transplant surgery. ...

    The Rangers are banking on their young pitching, and a scout offers this assessment of Double-A RHP Edison Volquez, who could be in the majors soon: "He has a very good arm. He's up to 97 mph. He pitches at 95. He kind of reminds me of Octavio Dotel a little bit. He has a real good change, a slider at 80 to 82. And he's not afraid to pitch inside." ...

    The Nationals plan to promote Double-A infielder Jeff Zimmerman, their first-round pick in the June draft. "He sticks out like a sore thumb down there," a scout says. "He goes about it like a big leaguer. He acts it. He looks it." Zimmerman, a third baseman, recently moved to shortstop. Cristian Guzman, the Nationals' regular shortstop, has a .236 on-base percentage. The Nats' staff can't figure out why he stays back in his stance and drives the ball during batting practice, then drifts with his front foot during games. ...
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  • #2
    Someone asked Bernie about this. He asked Walt. Walt said no, which means it could happen I guess.
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    • #3
      Why would Washington give up hitting for more pitching? Is someone a FA?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Reggie Cleveland@Aug 29 2005, 01:16 PM
        Why would Washington give up hitting for more pitching? Is someone a FA?
        Wilkerson..
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        • #5
          Originally posted by lasvegasreb+Aug 29 2005, 02:17 PM-->
          QUOTE(lasvegasreb @ Aug 29 2005, 02:17 PM)

        • #6
          Um, who on the Nationals would we want, and would even be considered an upgrade?

          Guillen? Wilkerson?

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          • #7
            Originally posted by Reggie Cleveland@Aug 29 2005, 02:16 PM
            Why would Washington give up hitting for more pitching? Is someone a FA?
            Washington doesn't have any hitting.

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            • #8
              He's also batting .248.

              That's who I guess they'd give up...and who the Cardinals would want...he's 28 years old..

              Their GM was quoted as saying, "we can have a lot of people score 0 runs."
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              • #9
                Wilkerson and Guillen would be pretty appealing.
                Dude. Can. Fly.

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                • #10
                  It doesn't make any sense for any offense starved team to trade away hitting for more pitching in my mind.

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                  • #11
                    I'd like to pick up Rich Aurilia from the Reds for the post-season if he's cheap enough. He could replace Luna on the bench and give us a decent hitting back up for second or third.
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                    • #12
                      Washington doesn't have any hitting.
                      That was kind of my point.

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                      • #13
                        Originally posted by Reggie Cleveland@Aug 29 2005, 02:22 PM
                        Washington doesn't have any hitting.
                        That was kind of my point.
                        You and Gee W...

                        Fucking say what you mean, and not what just happens to come out of your mouth.

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                        • #14
                          In about four seasons, Wilkerson has 255 RBI, a .257 BA, an .823 OPS, and 635 strikeouts.

                          Eh.

                          Guillen, OTOH, would kick ass, assuming he didn't snap and go on a shooting spree in the clubhouse.
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                          • #15
                            Originally posted by dvyyyyyy@Aug 29 2005, 02:21 PM
                            Wilkerson and Guillen would be pretty appealing.
                            guillen the headcase guy?
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