Rumor Mill: November 5th

Where may Eric Young be headed next season? This and other rumors around the NL West covered for this November 5th edition of the Rumor Mill.

Padres have told the agent for Eric Owens that Owens is a candidate to join them as a reserve outfielder. In 1999 and 2000, Owens was one of the most popular players in Padres history. He was the long shot who made good, a March phenom who later played in 294 games and hustled up 62 stolen bases.

The Padres also are interested in luring left-hander Chuck Finley, who still lives in Orange County, out of retirement.

LHP Darren Oliver, who led the Rockies with 13 wins last year and had a 5.04 ERA, filed for free agency. He's believed to be looking for a two-year deal after resurrecting his career with the Rockies last season at the bargain price of $350,000.

The market for lefties is thin this offseason and figures to a hot commodity. The Friars may end up checking the scrap heap on this one.

In the everyone wants this guy, but did he leave money on the table in this fiscal league category:

Dodger relief pitcher Paul Quantrill exercised his option to void the remaining guaranteed season of his three-year contract and filed for free agency Thursday. Quantrill led the major leagues with 89 appearances last season and had a 1.75 earned-run average. The right-hander, who was guaranteed $3.1 million in 2004, had until Tuesday to void the last season of his deal.

Eric Young, who spent time with the San Francisco Giants and Milwaukee Brewers last season, appears ready to head back to Colorado. Young's interest in the Rockies was strong enough that he told his agent to specifically inspect their situation. Young would add a missing dimension to the Rockies, speed. The Rockies swiped just 63 bases as a team last season, 10 more than Young's franchise record set in 1996.


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