Think I'm going to start a fantasy league for baseball's rumor peddlers. You get to draft national and local writers, and for every story broken, your writer gets a point. For every rumor successfully debunked, a point. Maybe there can be a category about ballpark-food complaints, too.
And if I have first pick, I'm taking Ken Rosenthal. Easy call. And when it comes to the rumor that the Cleveland Indians are close to acquiring Bobby Abreu, Rosenthal sheds some light on just how close that deal is:
A deal is not certain to be completed, with one source describing the possibility as "50-50." The hangup, the source said, is how much of Abreu’s $9 million salary the Angels would include in the trade.
The Indians would use Abreu as a roaming corners guy -- manning left field, right field, and DH depending on the day's pitcher -- but they don't need him. They have Shelley Duncan to play left and when Grady Sizemore comes ba ... okay, maybe they need Abreu a little bit.
But considering Abreu isn't quite as adroit in the field as he once was, and considering he was just a shell of what you'd expect last year at the plate, the Indians have no interest in paying him a lot of money. Just how much they're willing to pay is what's holding up the deal.