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Ruining Your Weekend on a Friday Night

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Lest you forget, the organization's fascination with speedy centerfielders did not start when Dusty Baker got here. The brutal text: Jim Bowden, the Reds' general manager, declined to discuss the Yankees' involvement, but an official familiar with the Wells talks said Steinbrenner called Bowden Saturday night and offered pitcher Mariano Rivera and catcher Jorge Posada. Bowden, looking to cut his payroll, obviously decided he preferred Goodwin, a 23-year-old left-handed hitter, who in 87 games with the Orioles last season batted .263 and had 22 stolen bases in 26 attempts. (hat tip: BBTF)