Morning Jolt: Paul 'wants out' of New Orleans

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Paul 'wants out' of New Orleans

Dell Demps is rather appropriately in the Hornets nest. All [Demps had to do] is persuade Chris Paul to stay in New Orleans -- an uphill battle that begins now. When Paul was quoted a few weeks ago as saying he'd be open to a trade if the Hornets aren't committed to building a championship team, it was only a small hint as to the size of the chasm that exists between the franchise and its cornerstone player. Paul, in fact, has put into motion an aggressive exit strategy that will accelerate in the coming weeks, and his clear intention is to be traded before the start of the 2010-11 season, a person with direct knowledge of his plans told Wednesday. "He wants out," said the person, who has been briefed on Paul's strategy but spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss it publicly. (

Phils asking too much for Werth?

Might the price on Jayson Werth be too high? Baseball officials with knowledge of the Phillies' thinking say that if the Phils can't land a top pitcher, such as [Roy] Oswalt or [Dan] Haren, they may not add a pitcher at all. Either way, however, the Phils continue to look to move Werth, who will be a free agent at season's end. ... The Rays, Angels and White Sox are among the teams that could have interest in Werth. (The Rays' interest is actually well known.) All three of those clubs have had scouts at this series in St. Louis. The Red Sox, Giants and Padres are also clubs interested in Werth. An official from one of those clubs has let it be known that the Phils are seeking a very high price for Werth. (

Brewers may not move Fielder

Prince Fielder wasn't, then he was in the White Sox sights. Is the market really that volatile, that it can flip 180 degrees in one day? ... [It will be] up to Chicago GM Kenny Williams, an aggressive wheeler and dealer, to put together a package that would make the Brewers' Doug Melvin pull the trigger before the July 31 deadline. Otherwise, Melvin is inclined to wait for the off-season to move Fielder. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Comment

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