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Cliff Lee Undergoes Hernia Surgery

Indians pitcher Cliff Lee underwent arthroscopic surgery Wednesday for a hernia, and is expected to be fully recovered for the start of training camp in February.

The 27-year-old left-hander, 18-5 with a 3.79 ERA in 32 starts last season, had the surgery in Philadelphia. It was a follow-up to a more extensive operation after the 2003 season.


Giles Could Return To Cleveland

If free-agent outfielder Brian Giles is willing to accept a two-year deal, don't be surprised to see the Indians pursue him - and hard - this winter.

Giles, 34, hit .301 with 15 home runs and 83 RBI for San Diego in 2005.

Via Plain Dealer

Manny Would Want To Go To Anaheim Or Cleveland If Traded

The Red Sox did throw out the idea of a Manny Ramirez-Carlos Beltran deal in July, but it was on the weekend of the trading deadline after Ramirez had asked to be traded.

The Mets rejected the idea, and GMs Omar Minaya and Theo Epstein tried to construct two-, three-, and four-way deals -- none of which worked. "The ironic thing is that by the end of the weekend, Manny said he would not go to the Mets," says Ramirez's agent Greg Genske of Legacy Sports Group. "I know people have speculated about Pedro [Martinez] and his influence, but Manny does not want to be traded to the Mets."

And, anyway, the Red Sox say they have not offered the superstar outfielder to the Mets -- or anyone -- as of now. Genske plans to meet with Boston owner John Henry next week in Florida, and after that meeting some determination will be made on whether Ramirez will repeat his July request to be traded, or the team will see what it can get on the market, with the knowledge that as a 10-5 player, Ramirez can veto any deal.

If Ramirez does request to be traded, Genske says "his preference would be Anaheim. He also still loves Cleveland, and would go back there." Another possibility would be Arizona, if Boston would take some of the contracts the Diamondbacks are trying to move, including Troy Glaus and Luis Gonzalez. Texas was in play at the deadline.

The problem is that if the Red Sox baseball operations had their way, the only way Ramirez would be traded is if they could restock themselves with a young corner outfielder, a center fielder and pitching. Their feeling is that with so much money floating around the industry and so few quality free agents, Ramirez's contract -- three years remaining at a present-day value of slightly more than $17 million -- will not be that bad come spring training. Also, while Ramirez is unpredictable and sometimes had hustle lapses, he has played 150 or more games three straight seasons, bettered in Red Sox history by only Frank Malzone (7), Carl Yastrzemski (5), Jim Rice and Dwight Evans (4 each).


Shapiro Denies Rumors That Indians Want Thome Back

Indians General Manager Mark Shapiro is quick to pour cold water - buckets of it - on simmering talk that the club might be interested in re-acquiring Jim Thome, the former Tribe slugger who's now with the Philadelphia Phillies.

"Nothing to it," Shapiro writes in an e-mail.

Thome left the Indians for Philadelphia in 2002, signing a six-year, $85 million deal. But the Phillies now want to dump Thome: He's been injury-plagued and has effectively lost his first-base job to young star Ryan Howard.

Via Cleveland Plain Dealer

Indians To Offer Millwood A Multi-Year Deal

General manager Mark Shapiro has promised the Indians will make their best moneyball pitch to right-hander Kevin Millwood.

They can only hope it's high enough.

Still stinging from the club's collapse in the final week of the regular season, Shapiro said Tuesday that the Indians will offer a multiyear contract to Millwood, the AL's ERA champion who is eligible for free agency following the World Series.

Millwood signed a one-year, $7.25 million deal last winter, then shrugged off a lack of run support and provided invaluable leadership to the Indians, who finished with 93 wins but missed the playoffs by going 1-6 down the stretch.

``We will make a very competitive offer to Kevin Millwood,'' Shapiro said. ``We will step beyond our comfort zone.''


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