Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010
Former White Sox exec, scouts indicted on federal fraud charges
Three former Chicago White Sox employees were indicted on Wednesday on federal fraud charges for allegedly accepting kickbacks totaling roughly 400,000 from signing bonuses of Latin American prospects. A federal grand jury returned a seven-count indictment, released by the U.S. Attorney's office in Chicago on Wednesday, alleging that former White Sox senior director of player personnel David Wilder and former Latin American scouts Victor Mateo and Jorge Oquendo defrauded the team of money and "honest services" by receiving kickbacks from the bonuses issued to 23 prospects between December 2004 and February 2008.
The 17-page indictment claims that the trio embellished the scouting reports of several teenage Latin American prospects to boost their signing bonuses. The larger checks issued to those prospects enabled the three to pocket more money from those players, according to the indictment. (Major League Baseball rules prohibit employees from receiving any money or other compensation from players.) (sportsillustrated.cnn.com)
Cubs trading Kosuke Fukudome to Red Sox for Daisuke Matsuzaka?
The Cubs and Red Sox have discussed a deal that would send outfielder Kosuke Fukudome to Boston in exchange for starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka but no deal is imminent right now.
Matsuzaka had an injury-plagued season in 2010, finishing 9-6 with a 4.69 ERA in 25 starts. the right-hander has two years and nearly 19 million left on his contract. (csnne.com)
Jerry Angelo impressed with how Bears took down Bills
It was a game that could have gone either way, and in the end we did what we needed to do. Knowing how to finish is a sign of a good football team," Angelo told ChicagoBears.com "It was certainly good to see our offense utilize all of our personnelrunning backs, tight ends and wide receivers. We also saw Jay Cutler do an outstanding job of improvising, particularly on some real nice runs that allowed us to keep drives alive. There were a lot of good things. Hopefully were going to continue to grow as a team, and Im looking forward to playingourdivisional opponent, the Minnesota Vikings." (chicagobears.com)