New York continues to break bank

The Yankee payroll for 2004 will likely top $180 million with the additions of Gary Sheffield and Kevin Brown.

Updated: December 16, 2003, 1:36 PM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
  • There's nothing like a good, old-fashioned, inter-media feud to heat up the ol' Hot Stove. Bob Raismann of the New York Daily News lays a dis on Yankee announcer John Sterling. Let the fun begin.

  • Is there anybody left in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system? After yesterday's Rule V Draft, it seems like there isn't. Robert Dvorchak of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette explains how the Bucs lost five players inside the first six picks of the festivities.

  • Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune writes that the White Sox could be brought into the A-Rod/M-Ram trade mix by swapping Dan Wright or Jon Rauch to Boston for Scott Williamson. The acquired White Sox pitcher would then be turned around and sent to pitching-starved Texas as part of the Rodriguez deal.
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