The Jon Lester talks have reached the homestretch with multiple offers of at least $150 million over six years, but his ultimate choice has been slowed by having to deal with negotiations with those teams, according to sources.
Oakland general manager Billy Beane became the first MLB executive to issue a directive to a catcher on his team in the aftermath of the home-plate collision that ended Giants catcher Buster Posey's season.
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Friday afternoon that he would be in favor of making a rules change that would end contact between catchers and runners in collision plays in spring training.
Buster Posey's agent, Jeff Berry, said on Thursday morning he is going to place a call to Joe Torre, the leader of on-field operations for Major league Baseball, and raise the idea of changing the rules regarding plays at the plate.
Omar Vizquel may not necessarily be part of the Giants' future after this season. But he will, apparently, finish out the 2007 season with San Francisco, because he failed to clear waivers earlier this month.