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Will Giants deal for a bat?
MAILBAG: June 10
Q: Due to the lack of offensive production from everyone not named Barry Bonds in a San Francisco Giants uniform, is there any chance they will trade for some offense? -- Brandon, Fresno, Calif.
Q: I'd like to see the Boston Red Sox go after either Bartolo Colon or Mike Hampton. I'm just afraid about what they'd have to give up for either of
them, including prospects given the new owner's edict to rebuild the farm
system. Do you see Manny Ramirez as a possible trade candidate? What about
Manny back to Cleveland for Colon and Jim Thome? -- Jeff Himmelright, Las Vegas, Nev.
Q: Why doesn't Mariano Rivera develop a breaking-type pitch, like a splitter
or a slider? Or an off-speed pitch like a changeup? He's obviously still a
great pitcher, but people are hitting him much better this year. How much
better would he be if he could set up a splitter or slider? -- Phil Talamo, Warren, N.J.
Q: Considering the position the Seattle Mariners are in this season, what additions or changes do they need to make before the trade deadline to have a legitimate shot at the World Series? -- Bryan Jayne, San Francisco
Q: The New York Mets picked up Scott Kazmir with the 15th pick in the draft. I read
he was the top player in the draft. Was his value lowered due to his
contract demands? -- Doug Rowan, Wantagh, N.Y.
Q: With issues of signability coming up often when talking about the
draft, how are the Montreal Expos, with their murky future (if any), expected to be
able to sign any of their draft picks? -- Brad Cramer, El Dorado, Kan.
Q: The Milwaukee Brewers spend $50 million to field an awful team in a small
market with a small following. Eight of the nine teams below them in salary
have a higher winning percentage. Why doesn't the league ever consider
contracting the Brewers? -- Tommy McCormick, Lake Elmo, Minn.
Q: I've heard much talk lately about the imminent discontinuation of the DH
in the American League. One person on a sports radio talk show even said it
could be gone as early as 2004. Have you heard the same talk? What's your
thoughts on these rumors? -- Big baseball fan, Las Vegas
PWG -- I don't know, the Cardinals don't know, no one knows. Rick believes he'll be back, and I hope he takes his time. Please root for him, he's a very good person; the special talent is secondary.
Q: I've been through hot streaks before with the Anaheim Angels, so what's going to give me hope that they'll be in the race until the end this year instead of fading by August or early September
again? -- Tom Cammalleri, Simi Valley, Calif.
Q: Are the Cincinnati Reds good enough to get to the playoffs and be successful there? Or do you expect them to fall apart? And
what, if any, trades need to be made for the Reds to be a force in the postseason? -- Greg Erpenbeck, Union, Ky.
Q: Will the Los Angeles Dodgers take on some additional salary and go after a bat at the trading deadline? If so, how about Cliff Floyd or Scott Rolen? -- Kevin
Koehler, New York, N.Y.
Q: I've watched Ryan Klesko gradually mature over the last few
years and it has been a thing of beauty. Do you think he
is on the cusp of becoming a superstar? This year he has
been punishing both lefties and righties. And recently I watched
him get intentionally walked in the first inning, a fate
usually reserved for Barry Bonds. -- Barry, San Diego
Q: Is MLB going to do something about the way All-Stars are selected?
Doesn't anyone see a problem? Roberto Alomar is ahead of Jose Vidro by over 100,000 votes among NL second baseman. Are you kidding me? Rich Aurilia is second among shortstops. He has a .260 average
and 13 RBI in the 38 games he's played. Moises Alou (.205, 16 RBI, 43 games) fifth among outfielders? Will the rules ever change so the most deserving players represent their leagues? Voting should not be a name-recognition contest. -- Hernan, Lawrence, Mass.
Q: Logic would indicate that the Philadelphia Phillies are looking to
trade Scott Rolen, who decided not to sign with the club for next year. What
would GM Ed Wade look to acquire for him? And could Pat Burrell move to third? --
Tim Bergner, Lititz, Pa.