October 2008 - Baltimore Orioles Wiretap
O's Look To Extends Deals Of Markakis, Roberts
Orioles' president Andy MacPhail reiterated on Thursday that extending the contracts of Brian Roberts and Nick Markakis are among the team's offseason priorities. "I would say we're still in the initial contact phase, but there have been conversations as it relates to both players," MacPhail said. "We have plenty of time to talk to the two of them, but it's not a horse race. It's not one over the other or one ahead of the other. We're interested in talking to them both."
Jays Sign Loewen, Claim Bullington Off Waivers
The Blue Jays acquired two of the top four picks in the 2002 draft on Friday, signing converted pitcher Adam Loewen to a minor league deal and claiming pitcher Bryan Bullington off waivers. Bullington was selected by the Pirates with the top overall selection and Loewen was taken fourth by the Orioles.
Dodgers Could Give Manny A-Rod Type Money With A Catch
The Dodgers are considering giving Manny Ramirez an annual salary that exceeds Alex Rodriguez's but are strongly disinclined from acceding to his wish for a deal of five or six years, people familiar with the club's thinking tell SI.com. Scott Boras compared Ramirez to Barry Bonds, who signed a five-year deal in the winter of 2001-02 with the Giants when Bonds was 37. Ramirez is now 36. The Phillies, Yankees, Blue Jays, Mets, Orioles, and Rangers are all seen as potential suitors for Ramirez.
Roberts Still On Cubs' Radar This Off-Season
The Cubs will reportedly still go after Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts this winter as they look for a speedy leadoff hitter. They could also become players in the CC Sabathia sweepstakes. Whatever moves are made, they hope to look nothing like the team that moped through a sweep at the hands of the Dodgers in the NLDS. "When you get over the shock of what's happened, that's what will bother me the most, when you see guys go to other teams," Mark DeRosa said. "I would love to have the same team back, but it's never that way. When you're on a special team like this, it's tough. "There is nothing this team lacked. Nothing. So for us to go out and perform the way we performed for three days is shocking. It will stick with me for a while."