Contrary to the denials that made the rounds Monday, officials from both teams say the Mets have contacted the Red Sox about Manny Ramirez and are interested in pursuing a deal for him if Boston decides to make him available. The Red Sox suspect that GM Omar Minaya wants Ramirez more than Mets ownership does. Regardless, the Mets are reluctant to part with top-prospect talent in exchange for outfielders like Adam Dunn, Raul Ibanez and Randy Winn, but they (rightly) consider Ramirez a far superior hitter to those in that group, and they would discuss players in a Ramirez deal that they would not discuss in others. What remains to be seen is whether a Ramirez deal is too complicated to come together in time for the deadline. (Newark Star-Ledger) Comment
Not only is Ryan Grant not reporting to camp for today's first practice, the Green Bay Packers' unsigned starting running back is "livid" over the club's initial contract offer, his agent said. "It's a joke. It's an absolute joke," agent Alan Herman said Sunday night, roughly 24 hours after receiving what he said was an offer from Packers negotiator Russ Ball of a six-year deal that included just $1.75 million in guaranteed money. "It's insulting. I don't believe it. "Ryan's feelings about the Green Bay Packers at this point are not very good. He is livid. He is very angry." (Wisconsin State Journal) Comment
Barring an 11th-hour change of heart, the Nets were set last night to say farewell to center/forward Nenad Krstic, who had a two-year deal worth $10 million in place with a Russian team. The Nets, with the salary cap in mind, had until midnight to try to pull off a sign-and-trade, a scenario that seemed unlikely with Krstic, a restricted free agent. The situation is good for the Nets in that they don't have to worry about losing Krstic to another NBA team. In a sense, his time in Russia could be viewed as a long rehab assignment, allowing him to regain strength in the knee before making a comeback with the Nets. (New York Post) Comment
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers throws a pass as the sun sets at training camp Monday, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins with their, uh, unique spin on Take Me Out to the Ball Game.
Game To Watch
Cubs at Brewers, 8:05 p.m. ET -- Carlos Zambrano vs. Ben Sheets
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