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Market may widen for Marlins' Burnett

 

01:00 AM EDT on Friday, July 22, 2005

 

Baseball's rumor mill as of this morning, nine days before the trade deadline:

 

A.J. Burnett

 

Having reached an impasse with the Baltimore Orioles about Burnett, sources say the Florida Marlins now are making calls to other teams about the pitcher and third baseman Mike Lowell.

 

The Red Sox and Yankees have been mentioned as possible trade partners, but an industry source with close knowledge of discussions said the Orioles "are the only game in town right now."

 

"The deal will die unless the Marlins swallow a big portion of Lowell's contract," the source said.

 

The Orioles would take Burnett and Lowell for reliever Jorge Julio, outfielder Admin Bigbie, minor-league pitcher Hayden Penn and possibly reliever Steve Kline, but only if Florida agrees to pay up to half of Lowell's remaining salary of about $21 million.

 

If the Red Sox become involved, it's likely pitcher Bronson Arroyo and prospects would have to be included.

 

Yankees pitchers Carl Pavano and Felix Rodriguez have been mentioned as possible trade targets for the Marlins, but it's hard to see how that deal would work considering Pavano is on the disabled list, has a fat, four-year contract that would be hard for the Marlins to absorb and has a no-trade clause that he could use to block such a deal.

 

-- THE MIAMI HERALD

 

Jack McKeon

 

Two major-league sources say the Marlins do not intend to fire manager Jack McKeon before the end of the season.

 

There have been reports that McKeon's job might be in jeopardy because the Marlins have performed far below expectations.

 

Florida executives have refused to answer questions about McKeon's future.

 

-- THE MIAMI HERALD

 

Mike Lowell

 

American League sources say if the Marlins insist on tying Lowell to Burnett, no deal wiill get done.

 

"If he was performing anywhere near the way he did the last few years, we'd consider it," said one American League team executive. "But he doesn't look like the same guy. In general, teams are saying they'd have trouble taking him even with (the Marlins) paying most of (the remainder of his contract)."

 

-- THE SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL

 

Leo Mazzone

 

According to a person close to the Braves' legendary pitching coach, Leo Mazzone has been informally and indirectly contacted by members of the Yankees' hierarchy, asking if he'd be interested in succeeding Mel Stottlemyre.

 

Mazzone has told the friend he would come to the Bronx "in a minute" for the right offer.

 

The fact that Mazzone was approached indicates owner George Steinbrenner is deeply dissatisfied with the number of runs the Yankees are allowing, as well as their inability to develop young arms. The recent injuries to Carl Pavano and Chien-Ming Wang, as well as Jaret Wright's shoulder blowout, have combined to turn the Yankees into an offense-first entity and forced them to rely on no-names like Tim Redding, Sean Henn, Darrell May and Wayne Franklin.

 

http://www.projo.com/redsox/content/projo_...rs.86442ce.html

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Mazzone going to the Yankees would be the end of all that is good in this world. :banghead

 

It?s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn?t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened.

 

But in the end, it?s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer.

 

Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something. Even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back only they didn?t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.

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Mazzone going to the Yankees would be the end of all that is good in this world. :banghead

 

It?s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn?t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened.

 

But in the end, it?s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer.

 

Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something. Even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back only they didn?t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.

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Hehehe you rock

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Mike Lowell

 

American League sources say if the Marlins insist on tying Lowell to Burnett, no deal wiill get done.

 

"If he was performing anywhere near the way he did the last few years, we'd consider it," said one American League team executive. "But he doesn't look like the same guy. In general, teams are saying they'd have trouble taking him even with (the Marlins) paying most of (the remainder of his contract)."

 

wow. Maybe it's time we accept the fact that we are stuck with his bloated contract. Teams won't even take him if we pay ALL his contract? Just wow. That's gotta say something about how far he's fallen.

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If he goes there it means the end of the braves Dynasty :)

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Bobby Cox is still there, and so long as he holds the reigns I will never doubt the Braves. Half there team was injuried, and thats the good half mind you. Still manage to stick around in first.

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