Thursday, November 04, 1999

Bidding line on Griffey

        • Why trade? Griffey could offer more star power for superstation TBS and might be the one piece Braves need to winr the World Series.

        • Trade fodder: For starters, fabulous CF Andruw Jones and top OF prospect George Lombard, RHPs Kevin Millwood and Kevin McGlinchy. Maybe even Mets-baiter John Rocker.

        • Why not trade? Atlanta won 103 games and already averages 40,554 per game in attendance.

        • Odds: 3-1.

        2. METS
        • Why trade? Mets have fans' attention after stirring playoff run, and still have to compete for New York's attention with Yankees.

        • Trade fodder: Young OFs Roger Cedeno, Benny Agbayani and Melvin Mota and RHP Octavio Dotel showed great promise.

        • Why not trade? Can't afford to gut team for one-year rental of Griffey. Might prefer to wait a year for Alex Rodriguez.

        • Odds: 15-1.

        3. REDS
        • Why trade? You don't if it's Juan Gonzalez, but this is the Cincinnati kid.

        • What can they offer? OFs Mike Cameron and Dmitri Young, minor-league SS Travis Dawkins, either RHP Scott Williamson or Danny Graves.

        • Why not trade? Rebuilding program reaped dividends years ahead of expectations last season. Why pull plug?

        • Odds: 15-1.

        4. ASTROS
        • Why trade? Three straight playoff disappointments.

        • What can they offer? OFs Lance Berkman, Richard Hidalgo, Moises Alou, Glenn Barker; RHP Scott Elarton.

        • Why not trade? Try to make one more run with current cast before Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio become free agents.

        • Odds: 18-1.

        5. OTHERS
        • Yankees: Big winners with deep pockets, but Junior said he'd never play there because he wasn't allowed to play on field as youngster.

        • Indians: How about a straight-up trade for potential free agents — Manny Ramirez for Junior?

        • Orioles: Interested in a 37-homer, 117-RBI outfielder? Even if it's Albert Belle?

        • Marlins: They're in Florida, but they won't win anytime soon, and Junior can nix any deal.

        • Devil Rays: Ditto.

        • Field odds: 20-1


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