Get rid of him! So yells Bill Plaschke in today's Los
Angeles Times regarding oft-injured starter Kevin
Brown. With rumors of a Brown for Jeff Weaver deal
swirling, Plaschke believes Brown's monster-sized
contract and advancing age make the deal a no-brainer
for the Dodgers -- especially if the Yankees were to
throw in Nick Johnson.
Of course, the Brown rumor is just that -- a rumor --
and Ray Ratto of the San Francisco Chronicle dismisses
it out of hand. He also writes that the Giants have
already got the division trumped for 2004.
The Marlins finally got around to offering a deal to
postseason hero Ivan Rodriguez yesterday. This is a
key step, writes Greg Stoda of the Palm Beach Post.
Understanding that they couldn't keep all four among
Luis Castillo, Mike Lowell, Derrek Lee and Rodriguez,
he condones the trade of Lee but only if they can
somehow re-sign Pudge to go along with Lowell and
Castillo, who agreed to terms this week.
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