Peep Show

Updated: January 20, 2004, 9:36 AM ET
By Jim Baker

American League

Baltimore Orioles: Before getting injured, Melvin Mora was on his way to a transcendent season in 2003. His improvement in both power and getting on base may well result in a long-term contract for the 31-year old jack-of-all-trades. Mora is eligible for arbitration and both parties would like to avoid that usually-sticky situation. "I'd love to stay here," he told Joe Christensen of the Baltimore Sun yesterday. "My family's here, and they treat me pretty good in this organization. I hope they can give me a long-term deal."

Detroit Tigers: There's really only one story coming out of Detroit these days. For the folks who cover the Tigers for a living, it all comes down to this: Pudge. As in, will he or won't he come to Detroit? Gene Guidi of the Detroit Free Press writes that things are coming down to the wire and that owner Mike Ilitch has taken the lead in the negotiations.

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