The Padres were interested in Manny Ramirez until they learned the Red Sox wanted Jake Peavy. Imagine their surprise. What did they think it would take to land a guy like Ramirez? Seattle and the Angels are rumored to be in it for Ramirez. The Angels might be able to put together the best offer if it includes pitcher Ervin Santana.
The roster of those interested in Gil Meche include Toronto, the Cubs, Seattle, Baltimore and San Francisco. The Mets have not contacted his agent.
Ted Lilly is close to signing with the Cubs.
Tampa Bay will take offers for outfielders Carl Crawford and Rocco Baldelli.