Rumor Mill Updates on Greg Maddux, Todd Walker, Dusty Baker, Carlos Lee, Phil Nevin and Sammy Sosa
With the trade deadline less than a week away the rumor mill is in full swing and a couple of Cubs could be changing hats before long. The latest on Greg Maddux has the San Diego Padres interested in him. According to a report in USA Today the Padres’ GM Kevin Towers said on Monday they have engaged talks with the Cubs concerning Maddux….just a reminder the Padres have one of the worst farm systems in the league. In the same article in USA Today they mention the Cardinals interest in Carlos Lee.
Now the rest of the rumors…. According to the Newark Star Ledger Todd Walker’s future depends on which team lands Julio Lugo. While the Red Sox and Blue Jays are showing interest in Lugo it will be the teams that do not land Lugo that will turn their attention to Todd Walker. Joel Sherman in the New York Post said on Tuesday that the Yankees should go after Walker to add to their bench.
According to an article in Tuesday’s Chicago Tribune, Paul Sullivan said it is doubtful that Jim Hendry will fire Dusty Baker this season and attributed the reason for finishing the season with Baker largely due to the injuries to Kerry Wood and Derrek Lee. Sullivan went on to say that with Lee’s injury that likely means Phil Nevin is off the trading block for now and in the same article he mentions that Derrek Lee said he was not being shut down for the rest of the season.
And last but not least….apparently Sammy Sosa is making waves about his omission from the Hometown Heroes list that was announced last week. Sosa said he deserves to be on the list and several reports are indicating that Sosa is planning on making a comeback in 2007.
Well….that’s the news and I’m sticking to it….