News, Notes and a Couple of Rumors

It’s Travel Day before the World Series resumes on Saturday, while Major League Baseball does not like big announcements during the Fall Classic the rumor mill is starting to heat up as the season comes to a close.

Newsday’s Ken Davidoff thinks Mariano Rivera could use the Cubs as leverage to negotiate a new contract with the Yankees. Davidoff stated the Cubs “could use an upgrade over Ryan Dempster” and mentions Lou Piniella’s ties with the Yankees.

There was a good article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution this past week about Scott Boras. Boras helped negotiate the game’s first $100 million dollar contract and $200 million dollar contract and if he has his way the first $300 million dollar contract.

While on the subject of A-Rod, Murray Chass mentioned in the New York Times the Cubs as one of the teams that would pay Rodriguez $30 million a year for 5-10 years….the others, the Angels, the Dodgers, the Red Sox and the Giants.

Still more on A-Rod….The New York Daily News started their countdown on Thursday on when Rodriguez will opt out of his contract. A-Rod was “named the winner of the first-ever Major League Baseball Clutch Performer of the Year Award on Wednesday“.

Josh Barfield, who was traded from the Padres to the Indians last off-season for Kevin Kouzmanoff, could be headed back to the Padres according to The San Diego Union-Tribune. Barfield has a lot of potential and would be a good risk for a team looking to add a solid 2nd baseman. The Padres are apparently looking at not exercising the option on Marcus Giles.

Josh Beckett is everywhere….

Cliff Floyd is still contemplating retirement but was quoted in the Palm Beach Post that he would like to end his career with the Florida Marlins. Floyd played with the Marlins from 1997 to 2002. Floyd has asked his agent to “reach out to every team this winter” and he said if he does not receive a deal then he would likely retire. Sounds like his days on the North Side of Chicago are over….

Steven Pearce of the Pittsburgh Pirates won the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, the honor given to the top player in Minor League Baseball.

Rick Reilly reminded everyone, again, of the Cubs futility.

David Aardsma is apparently on his way out of the South Side of Chicago. According to a report on WhiteSox.com, both Aardsma and another former Cub, Andrew Sisco could be packaged in a deal this winter. Speaking of the ‘Wrong Side’ of Chicago, the Sox are also rumored to be interested in Carl Crawford.

Nomar Garciaparra could be heading to the bench next season. Nomar had a very unproductive season after signing a big contract last winter.

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer stated the Mariners have “their eyes on Hiroki Kuroda“, also it appears Jose Guillen will opt out of his contract. Apparently Guillen is looking for a multi-year deal.

Prince Fielder and Alex Rodriguez were named the “Outstanding Player of the Year” in the National League and American League. The award is voted on by the players.

In case you have not heard, Fenway Park is the best stadium in the majors….wait, what about Wrigley Field? Gotta love the mainstream media.

The MLB Front Office could end up suspending Gary Matthews, Jr., Paul Byrd and Rick Ankiel as well as other players after being connected with HGH according to a report on ESPN.com.

Buck Martinez said on Baseball This Morning on Thursday that Joe Girardi appeared to be the front runner to manage the Yankees but a report on Thursday on ESPN stated Girardi could be heading to the Dodgers to replace Grady Little.

The Cardinals released Mike Maroth on Thursday.

The Twins have not started negotiating with Torii Hunter yet but a report on XM Radio on Thursday stated the Twins did pick up the option on Joe Nathan.

Finally….the renovation on the field at Wrigley has begun.

Well….that’s the latest from around the league and I’m sticking to it!

Have a good weekend and remember to check back for the inning-by-inning recaps of Game Three and Four of the 1908 World Series over the weekend….

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