Randy Miller of the Bucks County Courier Times reports that Moyer obtained a limited no-trade clause and the freedom to leave road trips early as part of his two-year, $10.5 million extension. [Link]
Beerleaguer take: This is another nice report from Miller, particularly his quotes from Phillies’ GM Pat Gillick on what Moyer brings to the club: "... here's a guy who's 44 years old and one of the best-conditioned pitchers we have. Also, he came over after 10 years in the American League and showed us all how to bunt."
Miller says Moyer’s new freedom to leave road trips isn’t quite like the Roger Clemens treatment in Houston, but will instead give him the flexibility to leave the team at the end of road trips, after he has pitched and before an off day. I don't know why anyone would have a problem with this.
Signing period speculation: Phils will pass on A-Ram
Miller also reports today that "Gillick will focus on adding a fifth starter (unless Wolf returns), signing or trading for a third baseman with ‘a little more pop’ — free agent Aramis Ramirez won't be pursued — and strengthening the bullpen. He'll also try to deal disappointing left fielder Pat Burrell."
Sheffield to be picked up, traded
According to the New York Daily News, the Yankees intend to pick up Gary Sheffield's $13 million option for next year, but not for the purposes of keeping him. The plan is to deal the 38-year-old slugger. The Angels, Orioles, Cubs, Giants, Astros and Rangers were listed as possible targets.
Front office observes Floyd, Happ
Gillick is certainly been a busy bee lately. He, along with assistant GM Mike Arbuckle and special assistant to the GM Don Welke, were in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Monday to observe Gavin Floyd's AFL start, Baseball America reported. Overall this fall, Floyd is 0-1 with a 9.82 ERA for Peoria. Gillick and company also observed lefthander J.A. Happ, who followed Floyd with three shutout innings.