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Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Phils, Mets, Cubs going after Ibanez


The Phillies, Mets and Cubs appear to have separated themselves from the pack of teams pursuing outfielder Raul Ibanez. Ibanez also is on the radar screen of the Braves and Angels. But the Braves have their pursuit of all their outfield options on hold until they find out whether they can sign pitcher A.J. Burnett. And the Angels would pursue Ibanez only if they fail to land their primary offensive target, Mark Teixeira.

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Scott Boras met with the Dodgers late Monday night to discuss the return of Manny Ramirez. Boras told the Dodgers delegation that Ramirez is open to coming back to L.A., but sources familiar with the meeting told ESPN.com that the Dodgers did not put their two-year, $45 million contract offer back on the table.