Peep Show

Updated: January 9, 2004, 10:09 AM ET
By Jim Baker

American League

Anaheim Angels: You've heard the old saying, "you can never have too much pitching." Somebody with the Angels sure did, and now they're hip-deep in it. Bartolo Colon, Kelvim Escobar, Aaron Sele, Scott Shields, John Lackey, Jarred Washburn and Ramon Ortiz all find themselves as Angels heading into 2004. They can't all start, of course, but -- according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times -- the team might want to take them all into spring training rather than trade Washburn or Ortiz as they previously suggested they might. On the other side of the ball, the Angels are still looking for a first baseman. Robert Fick and Travis Lee have been discussed while a host of other veteran first sackers are waiting by their phones with longing looks. The Angels are also contemplating defensive specialist Chris Singleton for a back-up outfield job, Shaikin reports.

Cleveland Indians: The Tribe is counting on getting the Jose Jimenez of 2000-2002 -- not the 2003 version, writes Sheldon Ocker of the Akron Beacon Journal. They've given him a one-year deal worth just over a million dollars. In other Indians pitching news, lefties Billy Traber and Brian Tallet are busy recovering from Tommy John surgery, but are not expected back any time soon. "I wouldn't expect to see either guy pitch in Cleveland, except maybe in September,'" said general manager Mark Shapiro.

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