I find it refreshing that Angels owner Arte Moreno was so open this week about his team's interest in Marlins third baseman Miguel Cabrera.

Moreno, obviously unaffected by the word "tampering," told reporters he twice thought the Angels had a deal in place for Cabrera, but the Marlins kept coming back and asking for more.

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Sure beats a "No comment" or "We don't discuss players on other teams."

The Marlins reportedly are seeking as many as four young major leaguers or major league ready prospects. Players discussed include second baseman Howie Kendrick, catcher Jeff Mathis, pitchers Ervin Santana and Joe Saunders, and prospects Nick Adenhart and Brandon Wood.

As you already know, the Angels are interested in Miguel Tejada, but not until they exhaust all efforts to reel in Cabrera.

Did you know that former Tampa Bay outfielder Delmon Young is the first player traded in an offseason after placing first or second in Rookie of the Year voting since 1953, when the Red Sox dealt outfielder Tom Umphlett to Washington?

Former Oriole report: The Tigers have serious interest in reliever LaTroy Hawkins and reportedly made a multi-year offer to him. I can't imagine many other teams doing that, so look for Hawkins to return to the American League. The Tigers want him to replace injured set-up man Joel Zumaya.

Why doesn't anyone want Kenny Rogers? It's believed that no team has topped the Tigers' offer of $8 million over one year.

Three Maryland football players were chosen to The Sporting News Freshman All-ACC Team: receiver LaQuan Williams, linebacker Adrian Moten and punter Travis Baltz.

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