Dodgers targeting Hudson?
From Kevin Brown to Edgar Renteria to Barry Zito, talk is heating up at the winter meetings.
"We've got a lot of money tied up in four players (John Smoltz, Jones, Chipper Jones and Mike Hampton)," Cox said. "We'd like to keep everybody. They're signed. We know what they can do. I know you never say never, but we haven't got those thoughts at all right now."
The Yankees are balking at that. So if this deal ever does go down, it would mean the caliber of player the Yankees would get back would depend on how much of Brown's salary Atlanta is willing to pay.
The Cubs took a run at dealing for Danny Kolb, but couldn't put that together. So their current plan is to give Ryan Dempster a shot at the closer's job. But manager Dusty Baker doesn't appear to be sold on that idea. Asked Saturday who his closer would be if the season started tomorrow, Baker replied succinctly: "The season ain't starting tomorrow."
Baker wasn't asked about moving Wood into that role. But one scout who had heard of that idea said: "That has John Smoltz written all over it."
Jayson Stark is a senior writer for ESPN.com.