A few links for you guys to go to bed with:
- Giants first base prospect Angel Villalona is the primary suspect in the murder of a 25-year old man in the Dominican Republic, the Associated Press is reporting. Villalona, 19, is one of the Giants' most touted prospects. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison, a big blow to the Giants' farm system.
- Diamondbacks third baseman Mark Reynolds is putting up great numbers this season, hitting .268 with 42 home runs in 142 games. He is hitting 29 points higher than last season, and has tied his career high in runs batted in. While he strikes out a ton (with 202 strike outs on the year), he has stolen 24 bases and is posting a respectable .360 on-base percentage. Reynolds, who is not eligible for arbitration until after 2010, has not been approached about an extension. The Diamondbacks may wait and see how his 2010 season goes before they dish out a long-term deal.
- Indians manager Eric Wedge has been on the hot seat for most of the season, and it should get hotter as the season winds down. The Indians are 61-88, tied for the last in the AL Central. GM Mark Shapiro and Wedge have a good relationship, and it is hard for the blame to completely fall on Wedge after the team traded away Cliff Lee and Victor Martinez. Should the Indians fire Wedge or give him a shot to rebound in 2010?
- John Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com is reporting that the Diamondbacks are looking to contend in 2010. Having a potential ace in Brandon Webb is key to that kind of run, but the Dbacks still aren't sure if they want to bring him back. Webb has only made one start this season, and hasn't shown significant progress in his rehab. They hold a 8.5 million dollar club option with a 2 million dollar buy out. I can't imagine the Diamondbacks would let him hit the open market.
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