Rumors, RUMORS, rumors and Other Stuff

We've got a wheelbarrow of stuff to bring you today, including a couple items that are true. The White Sox have completed a deal with Tucson and will apparently move into the new Glendale complex with the Dodgers in the spring. And former Dodgers minor leaguer, Don Wakamatsu will be the new Seattle manager. Many of the other items may be pure, or not so pure, conjecture. But here they are.

Tony Jackson of the Los Angeles Daily News reports that the Dodgers are about to make an offer to CC Sabathia. The Newark Star-Ledger says it's six years and between $110 million and $120 million, which is well short of the six years and $140 million the Yankees have offered, but CC the Dodgers hope that CC wants to pitch in Southern California, where he reportedly recently purchased a home. The Star-Ledger also says the Dodgers might be involved in trade talks with Toronto for Roy Halladay, a deal that presumably would involve a number of prospects.

The Chicago Tribune says that the Chicago White Sox will be joining the Dodgers in Glendale next spring. Sox's $5 million offer to break their lease in Tucson to move to a new $80 million spring training facility in Glendale for 2009 was approved by the Pima County Board of Supervisors. The vote enables the Sox to share a facility with the Los Angeles Dodgers and play a large majority of their spring training games in the Phoenix area. The County has up to 180 days to accept the $5 million from the Sox. During that window, they will try to entice another team, preferably one that trains in Florida, to take the Sox's place at Tucson Electric Park. If approved, that would leave only two teams in Tucson -- the Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.

The Major League Baseball Players Union is pushing C.C. Sabathia to accept the New York Yankees massive offer of about $140 million over six years. The Milwaukee Brewers, have reportedly offered $100 million over five years. The union wants him to take the highest bid out there, because that then sets the market for the rest of the players higher.

The San Diego Union-Tribune says that Padres GM Kevin Towers reports the Jake Peavy trade has come down to the Cubs. He added that anything with them is going to potentially involve a third team or fourth team. His conversations with the Yankees "were not substantial" and that he told Yankees GM Brian Cashman "until I get the go-ahead from Jake, I'm not going to" explore trade options with Cashman.

Pedro Martinez still has "a lot of baseball left in him" and would like to finish his sure-fire Hall of Fame career in Flushing, according to his agent. Fernando Cuza told the New York Daily News that Martinez would "like to stay in New York." Cuza added that while the Mets are Martinez's top choice, they are only one of many possible suitors for the 37-year-old pitcher. There are reports the Dodgers might be interested in re-acquiring the right-hander.

The Rockie Mountain News says that former Dodgers manager Jim Tracy has accepted the bench coach job with the Rockies, who have filled three of the four openings on their staff. Club officials declined to comment, saying they would announce all the hirings at the same time. But the Rockies have decided on Tracy to handle the bench job, organizational pitching coach Jim Wright to be the bullpen coach and organizational infield instructor Rich Dauer as the third base coach, according to major league sources. The hitting coach job has come down to former Rockies manager Don Baylor and former Rockies first baseman Greg Colbrunn.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise says that Manny and his agent Scott Boras will accept the highest offer but in all the other quality-of-life items he was interested in, Ramirez will simply deal with in his own. As for the Dodgers, if they do end up with him -- and I think it's still a long shot -- it will be the same way they got him in the first place. By default. Because he had nowhere else to go.

The Yankees have offered six years and $140 million to CC Sabathia and he is "mulling things over." While Sabathia waits for other offers to roll in, the Yankees moved on to their other targets of Derek Lowe and Burnett according to the Boston Herald. They also should have a decision from Mike Mussina soon. Mussina will decide whether to retire or to pitch in 2009 in the next few days.

The Philadelphia Inquirer says the Phillies are interviewing Terry Collins for a coaching job.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Rick Sutcliffe, who won the 1984 National League Cy Young Award with the Cubs, has been working, on his own, to convince Padres pitcher Jake Peavy to approve a possible trade to the Cubs. Peavy is represented by San Diego-based agent Barry Axelrod, who retains Sutcliffe and former Cubs first baseman Mark Grace among his clients. Sutcliffe, now an ESPN baseball analyst, is working through recovery from the second phase of his colon cancer surgery.

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