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Braves near deal for Chisox pitcher

ATLANTA — RHP Javier Vazquez is likely headed from the White Sox to the Braves in a multiplayer trade.

The teams reached a tentative agreement Tuesday that would send the 32-year-old pitcher to Atlanta, the Associated Press reported.

That could happen today, when Vazquez is likely to take a physical.

It was unclear whom the Braves would send to Chicago for Vazquez, who was 12-16 with a 4.67 ERA in 33 starts for the AL Central champions this season, surpassing 200 innings for the eighth time in nine years.

With obvious holes in the rotation, Braves general manager Frank Wren has said he hopes to add two starting pitchers this winter. Atlanta pursued Padres ace Jake Peavy before Wren said last month "we have moved on and shifted our focus" after San Diego didn't agree to what he called "a strong package of players."

Rays' Miller in limbo

Rays free-agent reliever Trever Miller, who a few weeks ago appeared to have reached agreement on a two-year deal with the Cardinals, remains unsigned. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the reason is that "a team physical raised concerns related to a 2000 surgery to repair a torn labrum."

The Rays were waiting Tuesday for a report on the scheduled surgery on closer Troy Percival's back. And the team promoted Melanie Lenz from senior director to vice president of development. Lenz, who joined the team in November 2006, has worked on projects including the new spring facility, the Teaming Up for the Environment initiative and plans for a new stadium.

NAME STAYS THE SAME: Citi Field will remain the name of the Mets' new ballpark after a government bailout the team thinks will help the struggling bank survive its economic crisis. Citigroup agreed in 2006 to pay the Mets $400-million over 20 years for naming rights to the stadium, scheduled to open next year. Two New York City councilmen said last week that the $800-million ballpark's name should be changed to Citi/Taxpayer Field.

ON DEMAND: The Giants are trying something new with ticket sales for next season in a few tough-to-sell upper-deck outfield sections: cost based on demand. The walk-up sales price for up to about 2,000 seats could go up or down on game day, based on the popularity of a given game, weather, a possible milestone or a player from a visiting team who brings extra interest.

PLAYER'S BROTHER KILLED: The brother of C Henry Blanco was killed in Venezuela. Police say Carlos Simon Blanco, 39, was murdered by kidnappers after they abducted him Sunday in Guarenas, a Caracas suburb. Police found the victim's bullet-riddled body Monday.

CUBS SALE: At least three would-be Cubs buyers have submitted second-round bids to Tribune Co. The suitors are Tom Ricketts, a Chicago financier, member of the founding family of TD Ameritrade Holding Corp., and chief executive of InCapital LLC; Hersch Klaff, who owns a Chicago commercial real estate firm; and a partnership between two New Yorkers involved in private equity, Marc Utay of Clarion Capital and Leo Hindery Jr. of InterMedia Partners.

ASTROS: RH reliever Doug Brocail stayed put, agreeing to a $2.75-million, one-year contract with a club option for 2010.

Times staff writer Marc Topkin contributed to this report.

Braves near deal for Chisox pitcher 12/02/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 10:48am]
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