You can cross Mark Kotsay off the Yankees’ wish list. The slick-fielding former Padres CF signed a 3 year extension with the A’s today, which may or may not impact the asking prices for Ken Griffey Jr., Preston Wilson or Mike Cameron.
Perhaps in recognition of Kotsay’s status, the Jay Payton/Chad Bradford deal is off. Payton didn’t appear in today’s Boston/Baltimore tilt, a contest in which Rafael Palmiero (HR, single, 6 RBI’s) put on a clinic. Unfortunately for the Red Sox, the clinic had nothing to do with erectile dysfunction, as the O’s were victorious, 9-1.