St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa wants third baseman Scott Rolen back, but on the team's terms.
"He's got a contract to play, and we need him to play," La Russa said yesterday at baseball's winter meetings.
La Russa and Rolen have been feuding at least since the 2006 postseason, when Rolen was benched while struggling with a shoulder injury. The spat lingered last season, and La Russa said Rolen was the lone dissenting voice when the manager was deciding whether to return for another year.
La Russa said Rolen has asked for a trade, and the Los Angeles Dodgers are among those interested.
"They can make their inquiries," La Russa said. "But the whole idea isn't to please Scott; it's to take care of the St. Louis Cardinals."
After batting .296 with 22 homers and 95 RBIs in '06, Rolen dropped to .265, eight homers and 58 RBIs.
Baseball players no longer would receive bonuses for winning the Most Valuable Player, Cy Young or rookie awards bestowed by the Baseball Writers' Association of America under a new association rule.
Starting in 2013, players with such bonus clauses in their contracts will be banned from receiving votes for any BBWAA awards. The lag time is designed to give agents and teams an opportunity to adapt to the ban; only a handful of players are already under contract for 2013.
Hall of Fame voting is not affected, nor are manager of the year or non-BBWAA awards such as the World Series MVP or Gold Glove.
The vote was 41-21 on the rule, which was brought up by the Associated Press two years ago.
The Major League Baseball Players Association is negotiating with baseball officials on a possible 10- to 15-day suspension for outfielder Jose Guillen for his reported involvement in the purchase of steroids and human growth hormone, ESPN reported.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported last month that Guillen bought nearly $20,000 worth of steroids and human growth hormone from 2003 through 2005.
On Tuesday, Guillen and the Kansas City Royals reached an agreement on a $36 million, three-year contract.
Free-agent reliever David Riske agreed to a $13 million, three-year contract with Milwaukee, moving to the Brewers after an effective season with Kansas City.
Detroit and Florida completed their blockbuster deal, an eight-player swap that sent all-stars Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis to the Tigers.
The teams reached a preliminary agreement Tuesday, with the deal subject to both sides being satisfied after exchanging medical records.
Washington completed a trade for righthander Tyler Clippard, getting him from New York for Jonathan Albaladejo after both players cleared physicals.
Washington released lefties Billy Traber and Justin Jones.
Blue Jays-Reds trade.
Toronto acquired outfielder Buck Coats from Cincinnati for a player to be named or cash.