Now it's time to look at a bunch of different news on the boys in blue, courtesy of mlbtraderumors.com:
- Russell Martin's numbers dipped this year, so there's again talk that he needs more rest. Expect a decent backup to be brought in. That may or may not mean re-upping Gary Bennett. My guess... no.
- Ned Colletti and agent Scott Boras have not had much contact yet. Boras' clients include Derek Lowe, Andruw Jones, and Greg Maddux. Oh ya, and some Manny Ramirez guy.
- There have been early talks with Rafael Furcal, Nomar Garciaparra, and Casey Blake.
- Jeff Kent will likely retire, ending his great career.
- A top starting pitcher is likely to be acquired, whether that be C.C. Sabathia or resigning Lowe.
- Jake Peavy is probably not likely only because the Padres would want way too much in return.
- Both Brad Penny and Takashi Saito are question marks.
- While Juan Pierre and Jones have talked about being traded, neither has formally said that to the club.