Peep Show

Updated: December 15, 2003, 12:09 PM ET
By Jim Baker

American League

Chicago White Sox: Will the Ozzie Guillen/Frank Thomas controversy be the story of the White Sox offseason, or has it already blown over? Guillen has yet to talk to Thomas personally, reports Scott Gregor of the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, but teammate Joey Cora has and The Big Hurt is apparently excited about 2004. As the first truly important act of his managerial tenure, Guillen needs to get this fence mended ASAP and had better get on the phone and make nice with the greatest hitter in team history.

Cleveland Indians: I've been trying to figure out who has been the quietest team this offseason and one of the leading candidates must certainly be Cleveland. One of the reasons for this is that general manager Mark Shapiro has a standing policy of not naming the names of free agents in whom he is interested. Another reason is that the Indians don't have a lot of money to throw around. His focus right now is on second base, a position that was Brandon Phillips' to lose a year ago and lose it he did. The Indians still see him as their second baseman of the future, writes Sheldon Ocker of the Akron Beacon Journal, so they are wanting to sign a second sacker who is willing to take a two-year deal. Todd Walker is at the top of their list, provided his price is short of last year's $3.45 million take from Boston. Eric Young's name has been floated in this regard and Tony Graffanino was taken out of the running by a demand for a two-year deal. One name you won't see, writes Ocker, is that of former Indian standout Roberto Alomar -- not matter how cheap his price has become.

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