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Bud Selig has announced that he plans to retire in three years time. As I already said in one of the diaries, there are some bad things you can say about Selig's time as the commissioner, but it wasn't all bad. Some good things came out of this, partially because of the mistakes he made prior. Early speculation has Sandy Alderson (Padres CEO), Andy MacPhail (former Cubs CEO), Stan Kasten (Expos president), and Larry Lucchino (Red Sox president) as possible successors. I think Alderson would be a wonderful choice.

Tom Glavine and Ray Durham are both staying put. Glavine agreed to a one-year, $11 million deal to stay with the Mets, and Durham will be staying with the Giants. Also, Scott Podsednik will remain a White Sock, for one year and $2.9 million, but no one really cares because Podsednik sucks.

Mike Lieberthal wants to play for the Dodgers, and would be happy to serve as a backup for Russell Martin. Lieberthal is a career .275/.338/.450 hitter, with 150 home runs and 609 RBI. He had his career year in 1999 (.300/.363/.551, 31 HR, 96 RBI, All-Star, Gold Glove). He's long past his prime, but he's also aware of it.

The Giants have declined arbitration on Barry Bonds. The Red Sox offered arbitration to Keith Foulke, but declined on Trot Nixon, Mark Loretta, Doug Mirabelli and Gabe Kapler.