We dot.com types can’t be trusted. The Inquirer’s Jim Salisbury breaks up the party, confirming that Pat Gillick and the Phillies have made no preliminary offer to Alfonso Soriano. [Link]
However, Salisbury says Phillies’ officials are scheduled to meet with Soriano's people today. Party on. All the fuss started over a report on MLB.com, which appears to have misquoted the Daily News or something. The MLB.com report said the Phillies made Soriano a preliminary five-year, $73 million offer, which certainly seems plausible enough for me. Unless ...
… the Soriano rumors are just smoke and mirrors. “Only a cynic would infer that the broadside of rumors that the Phillies will make a serious, for-real, for-real run at free-agent slugger Alfonso Soriano came crackling from the back channels just in time for the season-ticket mailings,” Bill Conlin wrote in today's edition. [Link]
-- Rowand rumor: In keeping with our civic dot.com duty to propogate baseless speculation, center fielder Aaron Rowand may be targeted by the Colorado Rockies, according to a story being reported by at least two rock-solid outlets: The PhilliesPhans Message Board and Beerleaguer comments section. Update: An alert reader says the rumor was also mentioned on ESPN.
-- Graham gone? Finally, it’s been a while since we talked about the enigmatic state of the broadcast team. In this morning’s Inquirer, Todd Zolecki reports the Phils are close to an agreement with Harry Kalas, but a source said that Scott Graham's contract will not be renewed. [Link]