Rumors, News, & Notes…

  • It looks like Tony Clark has said he'd waive his no-trade clause in a move out of Arizona, with the Chicago Cubs being mentioned as a destination. He isn't complaining or demanding a trade, but rather saying that if moving him out of the Arizona will help the team, then so be it.
  • The Florida Marlins apparently offered Dontrelle Willis to the New York Mets for David Wright. Of course they did, because that would be an excellent deal for them. I like Willis just fine, but he's not worth Wright, not by a long shot.
  • Offseason acquisition Juan Cruz will replace Russ Ortiz in the Arizona Diamondbacks' rotation, a move that is looooong overdue.
  • Though rumors have leaked that the group headed by Ted Lerner has been selected as the next owners of the Washington Nationals, the office of Bob DuPuy has quashed the idea saying a winner will be picked by mid-June.
  • After seeing the video, it is hard to suggest anything but a long suspension for Tampa Bay Devil Rays' prospect Delmon Young. The rest of the season would be sufficient.
  • Akinori Otsuka will take over as the Texas Rangers closer in place of Francisco Cordero starting this weekend. Cordero has blown five straight saves and carries and 11.70 ERA in 10 innings.
  • Richie Sexson cites the bevy of top-flight pitchers the Seattle Mariners have faced that has led to their early season struggles. I especially like when he refer to Justin Verlander as "Detroit's guy that throws 100."
  • After already losing Derrek Lee to a broken wrist, the Chicago Cubs held their collective breath after a finger injury to catcher Michael Barrett. The sigh of relief came at the news that the finger is sprained and not broken.
  • Cincinnati Reds reliever Ryan Wagner was shocked when he didn't make the club coming out of spring, but he feels he is making strides towards coming back whether the numbers show it or not.
  • In the Most Accurate Description category, San Diego Padres manager Bruce Bochy wins for labelling his team as "awful". They didn't look good backing into a NL West title last year and they look even worse occupying the basement thus far in 2006.
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