Each morning we'll take a look around Major League Baseball for some news and notes that could end up affecting the Phillies.
DEMPSTER DOES A J-ROLL: Jimmy Rollins has just been one-upped by Ryan Dempster. The Chicago Cubs' closer-turned-starter informed Windy City media yesterday of his belief that the Cubbies would break their 100-year-old curse this season.
PEREZ HEADED FOR ARBITRATION: Mets lefthander Oliver Perez likely to investigate free agency after this season rather than sign a multi-year deal now. That also means he's likely headed to arbitration next week in St. Petersburg. Perez is requesting $6.5 million, while the Mets have offered $4.725 million. Currently, he makes $2.35 million. Last year, he went 15-10 with a 3.56 ERA.
COX ERA MAY NOT END. . .EVER: Death, taxes, and Bobby Cox in the Atlanta Braves dug-out. None are expected to disappear anytime soon. The long-time manager said he won't rule out a return to Atlanta next season. Cox, 67, is entering his 27th season as a big league manager.