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Morning Jolt: Would Yankees trade for King Felix?

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Tuesday, March 15

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Would Yanks trade for King Felix?

Would Brian Cashman swing a five-for-one deal with Jack Zduriencik for Felix Hernandez? [The five would include] Jesus Montero, who last summer was the centerpiece of the Yankees' offer to the M's for left-hander Cliff Lee. Left-hander Manny Banuelos or right-hander Dellin Betances, either of whom eventually could replace Hernandez as the Mariners' ace. Right-hander Ivan Nova, who could slot immediately into the major-league rotation. And two others from the Yankees' talent-rich grab bag. Maybe right-hander Hector Noesi. Maybe infielder Eduardo Nunez. Maybe second baseman David Adams, whose right-ankle injury helped torpedo the Yankees' attempt to acquire Lee from Seattle last June. Five for one. As rich a 5-for-1 as Zduriencik can imagine without being ridiculous. (

Kolb on Bengals radar?

Mike Brown remains disinterested in trading Carson Palmer despite continued reports the QB would retire unless he's traded, an option complicated by the lockout. When discussing trades (whenever they are allowed to commence) it becomes an interesting situation if it happens after the draft. If you try to move Palmer for picks those would be for the 2012 draft. In the case of the Bengals, if you traded Palmer and got a pick in the 2012 draft and wanted to then make a deal with another team for a quarterback (say Philadelphia's Kevin Kolb since he is the one that most are interested in) do you trade the pick you just acquired or your own? Keep in mind with your own, if the Bengals are awful again in 2011 they could be in the Andrew Luck derby. (Cincinnati Enquirer)Comment

Raptors already thinking about UNC's Barnes

While it may be a bit premature, reality will soon find the Raptors thinking about the future. As March Madness tips off, the maddening process of projecting college players into pro prospects begins. No player will be watched more closely than North Carolina's Harrison Barnes, a freshman small forward who is as electric as any wing in the NCAA. If this kid comes out of school and if the Raptors somehow win the lottery, he'd be the perfect face for a faceless franchise. Imagine the possibilities with Barnes, Ed Davis and DeMar DeRozan. Heck, the Raptors may even do what this space has been pining for: Trade Andrea Bargnani. (Toronto Sun)Comment

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This Day in Sports

  • 1969 -- Bob Beamon sets an indoor record for the long jump with 27 feet, 2 3/4 inches. On October 17th at the Olympic Games in Mexico he would jump 29 feet, 2 1/2 inches.
  • 1958 -- Cincinnati's Oscar Robertson scores a NCAA midwest region-record 56 points.
  • 1991 -- Atlanta's Moses Malone picks up his 15,000th career rebound during the Hawks' 127-117 win over Dallas.