Braves closer John Smoltz (right) wants to start next year. He can become a free agent after the season and could leave (the Yankees have always liked him) or return to Atlanta on the condition that he start.
--New York Newsday (8/22)
Cubs general manager Jim Hendry says he's not in the market for a closer for the stretch run, even though Jose Mesa and Ugueth Urbina may be available. Hendry also denied that the Cubs were interested in Seattle reliever Shigetoshi Hasegawa.
--Chicago Tribune (8/22)
Bills running back Willis McGahee denies that he asked the team to trade him if he's not named the starter over Travis Henry.
--Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (8/22)
Impending free agent Carl Pavano likes Miami, but if the Yankees offer $8 million a year, Florida will be hard-pressed to keep him.
--Miami Herald (8/22)
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