Alan Nero, Wade Boggs’s agent, has spoken to the Texas Rangers about the possibility of their acquiring his client from the Yankees in exchange for Dean Palmer as Nero attempts to get the disgruntled Boggs out of New York.
But officials from the Rangers and the Yankees remained noncommittal about the chances for the swap of third basemen until they discuss it more seriously.
“He told me of that today and I have a call in to the Texas Rangers,” General Manager Bob Watson said. “There’s a big difference in the money. Palmer can be a free agent after the season and Boggs has an option. This isn’t as clean as it looks.”
The 28-year-old Palmer is making $4.8 million this season and the Rangers are not certain if they will be able to afford him if he becomes a free agent, because Ivan Rodriguez and Bobby Witt of Texas will also be free agents and Ken Hill might become one.
So the Rangers could save money by adding the 39-year-old Boggs, who makes $2 million this season and has a club option for $2 million or a $100,000 buyout in 1998, if they feel he can still be a productive player.
Vaughn’s shoulder examined
One of baseball’s top orthopedic surgeons was expected to examine Greg Vaughn’s right shoulder to dispel reports that the San Diego Padres outfielder is “damaged goods.”
Vaughn was scheduled to see Dr. Lewis Yocum, the Anaheim Angels’ team physician, according to Eric Goldschmidt, the outfielder’s agent.
“We want to get a better picture so that we can clear any ‘damaged goods’ label that might be associated with Greg,” Goldschmidt said.
Major League Baseball’s schedule/format committee met for 90 minutes at the Renaissance Hotel in Cleveland to discuss realignment, but no decision was made on the format for the 1998 season.
The committee continues to examine a variety of options aimed at geographic realignment and enhanced divisional play. The most likely scenario has the expansion Tampa Bay Devil Rays moving from the American League West to the A.L. East, the Detroit Tigers moving to the A.L. Central, the Houston Astros switching leagues to replace the Devil Rays in the A.L. West and the Kansas City Royals moving into the National League Central.
Committee chairman John Harrington said, however, that several plans are under consideration, including some that would change the makeup of the six divisions dramatically. Baseball owners have set a Sept. 30 deadline for a final decision, but they would like to get something in place before that.
Red Sox welcome back Cordero
The Boston Red Sox have stopped trying to trade Wil Cordero, and he’s welcome to rejoin the team.
Cordero, arrested last month on a charge of assaulting his wife, is expected back with the Red Sox Thursday night, when they begin a series against Toronto at Fenway Park. He has not played since June 25 when he was suspended by Boston.
Cordero agreed last week to undergo counseling in a program developed by doctors chosen by the players’ association and management’s Player Relations Committee.
“With that taken care of, I have no problem having him on the team,” Harrington said. “That’s what delayed the negotiations. I was concerned some people weren’t taking counseling as seriously as I was.”
Girardi works with Irabu
The dress rehearsal for Hideki Irabu’s much-anticipated debut at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night took place before 57,545 empty blue seats Tuesday morning.
The Yankees wanted Irabu to introduce himself and his repertoire of pitches to catcher Joe Girardi before the first Detroit batter steps into the batter’s box.
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