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No Springer Show in Tampa

Russ Springer has signed with the St. Louis Cardinals, 1 year, 1.75 million. This narrows the canidates we've been hearing about to Gagne, Riske, or Foulke.

Gagne is believed to be making his decision soon, possibly tonight. No timetables have been placed on Riske or Foulke.

Also from has learned that the interest in Baldelli is great enough that the Braves have at least opened themselves to the thought of including top catching prospect Jarrod Saltalamacchia in these trade offers. They also would be willing to include shortstop Yunel Escobar, who opened a lot of eyes while hitting .407 to win the batting crown in the Arizona Fall League. But the Devil Rays are expected to demand that a starting pitcher be included. Thus, instead of James, the Braves may need to include right-handed starter Kyle Davies, whose promising future was clouded by the groin injury that caused him to miss 3 1/2 months of the 2006 season. One Braves scout said the club might be willing to deal Davies. But if they were to do so, they'd do so with the knowledge that they are severely depleting the depth of Major League-ready starting pitchers. On Thursday, they traded left-handed starter Horacio Ramirez to the Mariners in order to get highly-touted right-handed reliever Rafael Soriano.