Sutton Is Leading Contender To Join Nats' TV Coverage

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Don Sutton, a Hall of Fame pitcher who spent the previous 17 years as part of the Atlanta Braves' broadcast team, is the leading contender to become the color analyst on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network's coverage of the Washington Nationals next season.

Sutton would replace Tom Paciorek, another former Braves announcer who was not asked back after his one-season stint.

Though officials from the Nationals nor MASN would confirm that a deal is completed -- "No decision is final," MASN spokesman Todd Webster said -- sources familiar with the search said Sutton likely will be the choice.

If so, Sutton would beat out an accomplished list of contenders that included former Chicago Cubs color man Steve Stone, who had expressed interest in the job. Sutton, 61, would join play-by-play man Bob Carpenter, who is set to return for his second season with Washington.

Sutton won 324 games in a 23-year career in which his most noteworthy seasons came with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In other news, the Nationals completed a minor league deal with infielder Jose Macias, who last played in the majors for the Chicago Cubs in 2005, according to a source. Macias will compete for a backup infielder's job.

· YANKEES: Andy Pettitte says he moved from Houston back to New York because the Yankees put on a "full-court press" and the Astros showed signs they were ready to move on without him.

Pettitte and the Yankees reached a preliminary agreement Friday on a one-year, $16 million contract. Pettitte and agent Randy Hendricks said they offered to play for the Astros for $14 million, but that the Astros would offer no more than $12 million and balked at the second-year option.

Pettitte said yesterday he was surprised the Astros wouldn't bridge the gap between the two proposals.

· CUBS: Pitcher Jason Marquis is likely to become the latest acquisition in Chicago's offseason spending spree.

Marquis was 14-16 last season with a 6.02 ERA for the St. Louis Cardinals and was left off the roster for the final two rounds of the postseason. He was 0-4 with a 7.25 ERA in five September starts. Terms were not agreed to, but the deal is likely to be in the $20 million range.

· METS: New York prohibited Jose Reyes from playing winter ball, not wanting to take any chances with the health of their star shortstop.

-- From News Services and Staff Reports

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