By Joe Christensen
Cleaning out the notebook here:
(*) The National League scout I spoke to regarding Torii Hunter also said that from what he’s hearing, the Twins have yet to make it known that Johan Santana would be available in a trade. He said if Santana were available, his team would be among those lining up with an offer. Keep in mind, however, that Santana does have a full no-trade clause, which was triggered when he won the 2006 Cy Young Award.
(*) I know Rondell White has been a pin cushion for criticism, but he remains a favorite of beat writers wherever he has played. I sent him a text message after seeing his name on the free agent list yesterday, asking if this means he’s going to keep playing. His response: “1 % chance! All da best big Joe.”
(*) When writing that Carlos Silva had changed changed representation on Monday, I should have noted that his new agents — Barry Praver and Scott Shapiro — negotiated Carlos Zambrano’s five-year, $91.5 million extension with the Cubs this past season.
(*) The Houston Astros made quick contact with Torii Hunter’s agent, Larry Reynolds. That was a surprise team for me, but apparently they’re ready to move Hunter Pence to RF. Add the Astros to a list that almost surely will include the Rangers, Yankees and White Sox, and could grow to include the Braves, Cubs, Giants, Dodgers, Nationals and Cardinals.