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Lip Man 1
12-14-2002, 10:25 PM
From Jason Stark's new column on ESPN.com:

Clubs that have spoken with the Expos report they've been told --or at least gotten hints -- that these are the ground rules and likely scenarios:

That Minaya would prefer to trade his lesser players -- the Cabreras and Barretts -- first, and then see if he can get down to his payroll level by trading only one of his Big Four (Colon, Guerrero, Vazquez and Vidro).

That he wants players in return who make virtually no money -- sure-thing prospects or young major-league players who aren't eligible yet for arbitration.

That it would take an almost unimaginable offer to get Guerrero --and even that might not do it.

That he seems more amenable to trading Vazquez than Colon.

That he prefers not to deal Colon or Vazquez to another team in the NL East -- even though all four teams in the division have some level of interest in one or both of them.

Lip

duke of dorwood
12-14-2002, 10:45 PM
Hmmmmm Lee makes good $ and Garland should be eligable for arbitration soon. To make it somewhat legit, he has to expect to pick up major league salaries from someone. Then again, with MLB owning them, what's legit?

mike squires
12-14-2002, 11:35 PM
Just watched the latest ESPN report from Peter Gammons and makes no mention of the trade rumor and could not even come up with one team he thought Colon was closest to going...

It will be an interesting winter meeting.

Lip Man 1
12-15-2002, 12:57 AM
Mike:

Did you also notice that Gammons contradicted virtually everything Stark wrote?

His report said the Expos want to trade one of their "big four" first...before looking at dealing any second line players.

Also Gammons said NO TEAMS are interested in Colon, everyone including the Yankees are asking about Vasquez. Gammons also said Montreal would pull the trigger on a deal with New York for Johnson, Rivera and Hernandez but ONLY if the Yanks would pay El Duque's salary.

Who knows what the hell is going on.

Lip

MarkEdward
12-15-2002, 02:18 AM
Why is this surprising? Gammons' job is to rake muck. If one kept close track of every Winter Meeting rumor, many would be downright contradictions of each other.

RichH55
12-15-2002, 02:50 AM
Originally posted by MarkEdward
Why is this surprising? Gammons' job is to rake muck. If one kept close track of every Winter Meeting rumor, many would be downright contradictions of each other.

I'm sure that both Gammons and Stark have inside sources, but at this point, with some much at stake, those sources are spinning more than ever....I would love it if the "source" for each writer was Omar himself....