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Thursday Afternoon Quick Hits

  • Buster Olney is reporting via Twitter that the Indians will listen to offers for closer Kerry Wood. The closer market is pretty deep, so the Indians may have a tough time moving his 10.5 million dollars salary, which has an 11 million dollar vesting option if he pitches in 55 games next season.
  • Jon Heyman of SI.com is reporting that the Orioles are considering Joe Crede at third base next season. Why, you ask? Good question. Crede has had injury problems for the past several seasons, and even contemplated retirement if he had to go through another surgery again. He can be had for an incentive-laden deal, which is likely why they are interested.
  • The Mets and Dodgers have reportedly had informal discussions about the possibility of Luis Castillo heading to Los Angeles. With two years and 12 million dollars left on his salary, it is a possibility to keep an eye on.
  • The Phillies are considering a group of corner infielders that would give them a different options with their lineup. Chone Figgins would give them another leadoff type hitter, Adrian Beltre brings good defense but is traditional third baseman when it comes to offense, and Mark DeRosa, a UPenn product, would give them some versatility at the hot corner. 
  • The Nationals officially announced that Jim Riggleman would become their official manager, according to MLB.com.