The latest news out of central NJ:
The Traffic currently sit in second place in the East, 9 games back of the hated Atlanta Bandits. They have a tenuous grasp on the last playoff spot, as they lead Vancouver by 2 games. But if they get in, they could be a dangerous dark horse with their starting pitching.
In other news, the Traffic reportedly will hold a news conference tomorrow to announce that co-ace Dwight Salmon will sign an extension with the Traffic. After negotiating with agent Nick Brown all season, Brown finally moved off his 4 year demand in order to get a deal done. Word out of Trenton is the deal is a 2-year extension for $16.6 million with a mutual option for a third year at $8.3 million. "We're glad to finally get this deal done", said GM gumbercules. "The length of the contract was the only sticking point, but Nick and I finally decided to meet in the middle and do what was best for both Dwight and the Traffic".
The Traffic made two roster moves, calling up C/DH Diego Martin and LHP Juan Marichal to the majors. Martin should see some action in a pinch-hitting role, while Marichal will slide into the lefty specialist role, a spot in the bullpen the Traffic haven't had all season.