If Ramirez does request to be traded, Genske says “his preference would be Anaheim. He also still loves Cleveland, and would go back there.” Another possibility would be Arizona, if Boston would take some of the contracts the Diamondbacks are trying to move, including Troy Glaus and Luis Gonzalez. Texas was in play at the deadline.

Also, this letter intercepted in transit in Chicago:

Dear Ozzie:

Hello. It’s your pals, the umpires. Coupla things:

1) Tell your boy Jermaine to keep his mouth shut.

2) Ease up on the Harry & David shipments. We love pears, don’t get us wrong. But, c’mon. They sell baskets of steak, too, y’know.

See you in Houston.