MLB whispers: Dust starting to settle around contenders

August 29, 2010|By Phil Rogers

The Red Sox aren't optimistic about getting Dustin Pedroia back this season. … With the McCourt family headed to divorce court Monday, some wondered if the Dodgers' willingness to consider dealing Manny Ramirez could be related to their surprising signing of first-round pick Zach Lee, who received $5.25 million not to compete at quarterback for LSU. … Don't expect Yadier Molina to get much rest down the stretch. Entering the weekend, the Cardinals were 65-44 with Molina behind the plate and 3-13 with backups Jason LaRue and Bryan Anderson. Derrek Lee says his back has been feeling better since he was traded to the Braves. He's expected to carry a load with Chipper Jones out but was off to a slow start in his first week playing for Bobby Cox. … The Angels have started eight first basemen since losing Kendry Morales, most of whom have played out of position. They couldn't have been happy when Lee accepted a trade after turning them down. … The Phillies were steaming after losing to former teammates Brett Myers and J.A. Happ during a four-game sweep by the Astros in Philadelphia. Happ was well liked by teammates and the coaching staff before being included in the Roy Oswalt trade, but it was especially tough to swallow losing to Myers, who has earned a contract extension from the Astros since being cut loose at the end of 2009. Folks in Philadelphia can't believe Myers is being seen as a team leader in Houston, but pitching coach Brad Arnsberg says he's "the best thing to happen to our clubhouse." … The Braves are keeping rookie Mike Minor in the rotation. He struck out 22 in 18 innings in his first three starts, including a franchise rookie record 12 against the Cubs. … Need a Hall of Famer? The Brewers are open to dealing Trevor Hoffman, who has cleared waivers, but general manager Doug Melvin's phone isn't ringing.

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