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.