After locking up Travis Hafner and Jake Westbrook with contract extensions this season, Cleveland's next concern is C.C. Sabathia, who can hit the free-agent market -- just like the Twins' Johan Santana -- after 2008.
The Indians continue to negotiate aggressively with their young players, a policy that goes back to how they handled Kenny Lofton, Albert Belle and Co. before they moved into Jacobs Field in 1994.
Hafner was a force last year, batting .308 with 42 home runs and 117 RBI. But when he signed his four-year, $57 deal over the All-Star break, he was batting just .262 with 14 homers and 57 RBI.
Money can't always buy consistency. Westbrook passed up a chance to be one of the most coveted pitchers on the free-agent market when he signed his three-year, $33 million deal. He missed time because of a strained rib cage muscle this year and entered the weekend 1-4 with a 6.27 ERA.
Last August, Cleveland signed lefthander Cliff Lee to a three-year, $14 million extension. Also hobbled this season, he entered the weekend 5-5 with a 5.23 ERA.
Shortstop Jhonny Peralta, who signed a five-year, $13 million extension last spring, slumped to .257 last season before rebounding nicely this year.
Then there's Victor Martinez and Grady Sizemore. Martinez, who signed a five-year, $15.5 million deal in 2005, entered the weekend batting .324 with 16 homers and 68 RBI.
Sizemore, who signed a six-year, $23.4 million deal last spring, is having another All-Star season at age 24.
Tigers shortstop Carlos Guillen was named to his second All-Star team and entered the weekend leading major league shortstops in on-base-plus-slugging percentage at .961. Twins shortstop Jason Bartlett, for comparison, had an OPS of .653.
Some players get better every year. Guillen has the stats to prove it.
Since 2000, in seasons in which he has played at least 90 games, Guillen's batting average has jumped from .257 to .259 to .261 to .276 to .318 to .320, and he entered the weekend batting .322.
Around the division
After signing Mark Buehrle to a four-year extension, the White Sox have him signed through 2011. Jon Garland is up after 2008, Jose Contreras after 2009 and Javier Vazquez not until 2010. Rumors are floating that Chicago will soon look to trade Contreras or Vazquez.
While the Twins hope to play host to the 2015 All-Star Game in their new ballpark, the Royals expect to draw the 2012 event at then-renovated Kauffman Stadium. Commissioner Bud Selig promised Kansas City an All-Star Game when voters approved $250 million in upgrades. Kansas City hasn't been home to the midsummer classic since 1973.
|Tampa||1||Top 7th Inning|
|LA Clippers||93||4th Qtr 0:39|
|Golden State||5:00 PM|
|Oklahoma City||5:30 PM|
|New Orleans||7:00 PM|
|Los Angeles||3:00 PM|
|Tampa Bay||4:00 PM|
|St. Louis||8:30 PM|
|SMU||36||2nd Half 15:57|
|Quinnipiac||40||2nd Half 15:10|
|Fairfield||38||2nd Half 14:59|
|Marist||32||2nd Half 12:09|
|Iona||41||2nd Half 11:43|
|Oregon State||7||1st Half 11:36|
|South Florida||8||1st Half 10:41|
|Michigan State||3:00 PM|
|Arizona State||7:30 PM|
|Washington St||8:30 PM|
|Coll of Charleston||65|
|Rhode Island||33||2nd Half 13:48|
|Richmond||28||2nd Half 15:50|
|Davidson||40||2nd Half 9:04|
|St Bonaventure||30||2nd Half 11:40|
|George Mason||28||2nd Half 11:16|
|(22) George Washington||67|
|Indiana||35||2nd Half 10:48|
|(12) Texas A&M||39||2nd Half 15:40|
|Ole Miss||25||2nd Half 14:56|
|(11) Miss State||35|
|Clemson||43||2nd Half 10:31|
|Maine||38||2nd Half 8:20|
|Vermont||37||2nd Half 8:39|
|Quinnipiac||49||2nd Half 15:42|
|Saint Peters||38||2nd Half 11:09|
|(4) Notre Dame||56||2nd Half 8:53|
|Wisconsin||44||2nd Half 12:18|
|Stony Brook||35||2nd Half 10:38|
|Northeastern||28||2nd Half 9:21|
|William & Mary||48|
|St Johns||43||2nd Half 10:06|
|James Madison||54||2nd Half 11:41|
|Towson||4||1st Half 11:50|
|Illinois State||2||1st Half 14:30|
|Southern Ill||5||1st Half 13:40|
|Northern Iowa||5||1st Half 12:00|
|Minnesota||16||1st Half 10:32|
|(15) North Carolina||9||1st Half 14:04|
|Alabama||11||1st Half 12:00|
|(9) Florida State||14||1st Half 11:30|
|Arkansas||10||1st Half 9:13|
|Georgia||10||1st Half 11:57|
|Dayton||23||1st Half 11:30|
|Drake||10||1st Half 13:24|
|(10) Arizona State|
|(19) Stanford||3:00 PM|
|Southern Miss||3:00 PM|
|(2) South Carolina||4:00 PM|
|Ohio State||4:00 PM|
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