Friday, December 01, 2006

White Sox David Riske's Agent Leaves on Hunt Trip

White Sox reliever David Riske's agent John Boggs has departed on his Orlando hunting trip loaded for bear --big bear -- like Cleveland GM Mark Shapiro, for instance. Boggs has been given a license to kill by the White Sox decision to withhold salary arbitration for Riske. Though Riske can still negotiate with the White Sox and will, he and fellow White Sox reliever Dustin Hermanson now are in big demand in a quickly tightening market for bullpen help. No team has a greater need for bullpen help than the Indians, who once upon a time designated Riske as closer of the future. Riske bombed in that rolefor the Indians, of course, but he has a couple more years of experience now with stops at Boston and Chicago and may have learned a thing or two. At his current annual rate of $1.8 million, he would be among the cheaper alternatives even with his impending raise.