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Lidge blew his major-league leading 10th save against the Astros on Saturday, his ERA increasing to 7.15.
"(Manager Charlie) Manuel will do what's best for the club," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. says. "If he feels that Lidge is not able to close games, he'll make a change.
"Right now, he is confident that (Lidge) will get his stuff back, get it going. But we're not going to cut off our nose to spite our face. If it gets to the point where Charlie feels he is not able to do the job, he might have to change things."
The Orioles, Twins, Giants, Diamondbacks, Dodgers and Cardinals are among the teams that have shown past interest in Uggla. The Orioles are among the clubs that would prefer him at third base.
"He's making plays that in spring training I would have bet my house he could not have made," the scout says.
Morales began the season as a starter, then missed more than two months with a strained shoulder. He is better-suited for the bullpen; prior to Street's injury, he had emerged as one of the better left-handed setup men in the game.
"It's jaw-dropping how hard he's throwing," G.M. Dan O'Dowd says.
Guillen values Kotsay's leadership and may be souring on Scott Podsednik, who has made a number of mental errors in recent weeks.
Shelley, who turns 30 on Sept. 29, hit 30 homers and drove in 95 runs with a .916 OPS for the Yankees' Class AAA affiliate, serving mainly as a right fielder and DH. His teammate, Austin Jackson, 22, was named the league's Rookie of the Year.
First baseman Juan Miranda, another player with the Yankees at Class AAA, finished the season with 19 homers, 82 RBIs and an .866 OPS.
Miranda, 26, is stuck behind Mark Teixeira with the Yankees. One executive thinks he would have been a better acquisition for the Giants than Ryan Garko.