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Old 09-07-06, 11:17 AM
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There is perhaps another underlying factor in John Smoltz's frustration right now, and that is the Braves' reluctance so far to pick up his $8 million option for next year. Though nobody believes the Braves will decline the option after the season, Smoltz is miffed they haven't made an exception from team policy for him considering all the concessions he's made to them over the years. For starters, he agreed to forego being one for four seasons, 2001-2004, because the Braves had no closer.
-- New York Daily News

Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said he and Terry Francona never seriously considered having the manager sit out any games, but they did discuss in detail the need for him to take better care of himself.
-- Boston Globe

Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon did not rule out pitching again this season, but made it clear he wouldn't do so unless the club was in contention for a postseason spot and he was completely healthy.
-- Boston Globe

Rangers owner Tom Hicks called Michael Young a great player but added that he's not a "captain of the clubhouse kind of guy." Young remembers the slights. As the Rangers' undisputed leader, he also noticed last summer when a club official tried to spread a story about Kenny Rogers: He supposedly wanted out of series against Boston and New York, the precursor to Rogers' infamous blowup.
-- Dallas Morning News

Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski insisted that the decision to release Dmitri Young was simply "performance-related," even though Young hit .292 in the six weeks since he returned from drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and batted third for the Tigers on Wednesday. Dombrowski and manager Jim Leyland would say little else, but club sources suggested that Young had become more trouble than he was worth, that other players were complaining and that he was an unnecessary distraction for a team trying to hold onto first place with 22 games left in the season.

The Cardinals officially ended their wait for Mark Mulder on Wednesday. The Cardinals' lefthander will have arthroscopic surgery next Tuesday after the second opinion confirmed that his season-long troubles could be traced to problems with the rotator cuff, the club announced.
-- St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Considering some of the words that have come out of Ozzie Guillen's mouth the last three years, it comes as a surprise that he deems ''meeting'' a bad one. That's why, after he closed the clubhouse for 15 minutes Wednesday before the White Sox' series finale with the Red Sox, Guillen chose to describe it as ''a talk.''
-- Chicago Sun-Times

No, Hideki Matsui wasn't trying to big-time his temporary teammates last night. He wore a Yankees batting helmet, clashing with his Trenton Thunder uniform, because the Thunder doesn't own a helmet large enough for his notoriously super-sized head. Matsui might not need much longer in the minors. Especially if, as Joe Torre said yesterday, the club's Opening Day leftfielder will spend the rest of the season as a designated hitter.
-- Newsday

If the Twins don't re-sign pitcher Carlos Silva, don't think manager Charlie Manuel of the Philadelphia Phillies won't push to sign him in a hurry. Silva and Johan Santana are close friends, making his return to Minnesota in 2006 likely. -- St. Paul Pioneer Press

Doctors have pinpointed the cause of the lingering ankle soreness that has mostly confined Marlins right fielder Jeremy Hermida to the bench: a stress fracture that could cause him to miss extensive time.
-- Miami Herald

All-star pitcher Francisco Liriano passed another big test in his bid to come back from an elbow injury Wednesday when he faced hitters for the first time since going on the disabled list early last month. The rookie phenom threw 50 pitches during a three-inning simulated game and reported feeling great afterward. The Twins have Liriano tentatively scheduled to start Wednesday's game against Oakland.
-- St. Paul Pioneer Press

Huston Street threw a 27-pitch simulated game early Wednesday and declared himself ready to be activated for the weekend series in St. Petersburg. Ken Macha confirmed that's the plan after Street showed he was "very aggressive with his delivery, and his slider had bite on it," somewhat of a contrast to previous throwing sessions.
-- San Francisco Chronicle

Just as Dusty Baker's job is safe for the rest of the season, so too is Ryan Dempster's. Baker said Wednesday he has no plans to relieve Dempster of his closer's role, despite his recent troubles.
-- Chicago Tribune

Dropping the curtain on his rookie season yesterday, Phillies pitcher Scott Mathieson said he is seeking a second opinion on his sprained right elbow. There is speculation that Mathieson might need a Tommy John surgical procedure if the ligament damage is severe.
-- Philadelphia Inquirer

One of the last remaining lieutenants from the Jerry Colangelo ownership era is leaving the Diamondbacks, as the club announced Wednesday longtime team President Rich Dozer is stepping down from his duties and will be replaced by Derrick Hall. The switch in presidents is the latest in a series of significant changes for the baseball team, which has been revamped in the ownership and front-office levels in the past several months and now is planning a switch in uniform color schemes as well.
-- Arizona Republic
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Still can't believe all managers that started the season are still employed.
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Old 09-07-06, 12:00 PM
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The Braves are done this year. What a wasted season.
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$8M doesn't seem like a grossly huge amount for the Braves to pay Smoltz
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time for the twins to start cutting into the tigers lead
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Time for the Padres to ride Red Sox castoffs into the playoffs. Cla Merideth should get some ROY votes.
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Old 09-07-06, 04:51 PM
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Originally Posted by slymer
Time for the Padres to ride Red Sox castoffs into the playoffs. Cla Merideth should get some ROY votes.
He's got a ton of competition.

Hanley Ramirez
Prince Fielder
Josh Barfield
Anibal Sanchez
Chad Billingsley
Adrian Gonzalez
Dan Uggla
Chris Duncan
Josh Johnson
Chuck James
....and another half dozen solid rookies in ARI and LAD.
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Well the good news for Blue Jays fans are that the owner has agreed to increase the payroll for next year in order to compete with the Yankees and Red Sox.
The bad news: he didn't say how much of an increase it will be (their payroll was $70 million for this year) and also the man in charge of spending it will be J.P. Ricciardi.
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