Peep Show

Updated: March 9, 2004, 8:30 AM ET
By Jim Baker

American League

Baltimore Orioles: One of the problems with being able to do a lot of different things well is that people will come to assume they can count on you in a pinch -- which can be a pretty good problem to have. One person with such a problem is Melvin Mora of the Orioles. Although he was on his way to having the best 2003 Oriole season when an injury truncated the campaign, he was the person they called when it came time to fill the vacancy at third base created by the departure of Tony Batista, writes Roch Kubatko of the Baltimore Sun. Unlike Alex Rodriguez -- who is also making the switch to third this season, Mora has played there in the past. While A-Rod has never known any other position but shortstop, Mora has been all over the map in his career, logging at least one game at every position but pitcher and catcher.

New York Yankees: When in doubt, get a superstar. The first instinct in the Yankee mindset in a time of need is to reach for the phone and get somebody even more expensive than the one you need to replace. With Gary Sheffield facing possible surgery on his injured thumb, George King of the New York Post posits a couple of theories about who the Yankees should pursue if the need for a long-term replacement be necessary. The worst case scenario for Sheffield is that he will miss three months. With that in mind, King suggests such possibilities as Ken Griffey, Jr. of the Reds or Magglio Ordonez of the White Sox. To get a sense of people's understanding of the Yankee mindset, an readers poll suggested a trade for Sammy Sosa of the Cubs.

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