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  1. Nobody (and everybody!) wants poor David Pauley

    Jul 3, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

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    Yesterday the Blue Jays designated David Pauley for assignment, meaning the 29-year-old left-hander is back to his familiar home on the waiver wire. It seems like Pauley has been designated for assignment, claimed, signed, and released about once a week for the past year, so I checked the Rotoworld transaction database to see the reliever’s…

  2. Twins demote Liam Hendriks back to Triple-A again

    Jul 3, 2012, 2:44 PM EST

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    For the second time this season the Twins have turned to their reigning minor league pitcher of the year Liam Hendriks in the starting rotation, been disappointing by the results, and sent the 23-year-old right-hander back to Triple-A. Hendriks, who lasted just four innings yesterday against the Tigers, is 0-7 with a 6.71 ERA in…

  3. Carlos Lee or not, Don Mattingly sounds ready to upgrade over James Loney

    Jul 3, 2012, 1:50 PM EST

    James Loney, Don Mattingly

    By pursuing an ultimately unsuccessful trade for Carlos Lee the Dodgers made is obvious that they’re not happy with James Loney‘s production at first base, so when Loney told Don Mattingly that he feels ready to break out offensively the manager was understandably skeptical: He came into my office and he felt like he’s got…

  4. Pirates demote Jose Tabata and his $15 million contract to Triple-A

    Jul 3, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

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    Less than a year ago the Pirates and Jose Tabata agreed to a long-term contract extension that guarantees him $15 million, could reach as high as $37 million, and keeps him under team control through 2019. Today the Pirates optioned Tabata to Triple-A after he hit just .230 with three homers and a .636 OPS…

  5. What will the Cardinals do with Allen Craig when Lance Berkman returns?

    Jul 3, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

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    It seems crazy to think about considering how wrecked by injuries the Cardinals have been all season, but they could be on the verge of having too many quality hitters to fit into the lineup. Lance Berkman is nearing a return from knee surgery and looks likely to come off the disabled list shortly after…

  6. What exactly goes on at a SABR convention anyway?

    Jul 3, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

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    I’ve been on vacation for a week while attending the annual Society for American Baseball Research convention for the ninth consecutive summer. If you’ve ever wondered what exactly goes on at a SABR convention–and be honest, you probably have several semi-insulting questions–I wrote up a star-studded (Terry Ryan! Jose Mijares! Salvador Perez! Sean Forman!), picture-filled,…

  7. Jose Lobaton got married at the ballpark before catching Monday’s game

    Jul 3, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Jose Lobaton

    Jose Lobaton had a busy Monday, as the Rays backup catcher got married in a morning ceremony at Tropicana Field and then was starting behind the plate against the Yankees. Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times describes the scene: Jose and Nina walked up a red carpet to the plate, as teammate Carlos Peña…

  8. Chipper Jones texts Bryce Harper, calls him “very classy”

    Jul 3, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

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    Bryce Harper and Chipper Jones are pitted against each other in the “Final Vote” contest for an All-Star spot, with most people assuming that the Nationals phenom will win. Harper said Sunday that he’d vote for Jones because “I think a Hall of Famer should be able to go to the All-Star game his last…

  9. Max Scherzer to miss start with hamstring injury

    Jul 3, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

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    Last week Max Scherzer pitched with a heavy heart, starting a game three days after his brother’s death, but now the Tigers right-hander will miss at least one turn in the rotation with a hamstring injury. Scherzer was scheduled to start today versus Minnesota, but Duane Below will make the start instead. General manager Dave…

  10. Kosuke Fukudome released by White Sox

    Jun 26, 2012, 5:27 PM EST

    White Sox pinch hitter Fukudome hits into an out in the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox during their MLB baseball game in Chicago

    No other teams claimed him off waivers and the White Sox couldn’t find a taker via trade, so they released Kosuke Fukudome today after designating him for assignment last week. Fukudome played sparingly and poorly after signing a one-year, $1 million deal as a free agent and was on the disabled list with a back…

  11. Rangers’ rotation takes another hit with Colby Lewis on DL

    Jun 26, 2012, 4:48 PM EST

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    Colby Lewis has joined Neftali Feliz, Derek Holland, and Alexi Ogando as Rangers starters (or fill-in starters) on the disabled list, as the team put him on the shelf with a strained forearm. That move makes room on the roster for top prospect Martin Perez’s promotion from Triple-A, but instead of putting the 21-year-old Perez…

  12. Anthony Rizzo batting third in Cubs debut tonight

    Jun 26, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

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    Chicago made it official, calling up first base prospect Anthony Rizzo from Triple-A before tonight’s game. And while the Cubs took their sweet time promoting him from Triple-A they wasted no time throwing him into the middle of the lineup. Rizzo is playing first base and batting third in his Cubs debut, pushing Bryan LaHair…

  13. Fired as Angels hitting coach, Mickey Hatcher joins Dodgers as special assistant

    Jun 26, 2012, 3:45 PM EST

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    Mickey Hatcher, the longtime Angels hitting coach who was fired six weeks ago amid the team’s disappointing start, has joined the Dodgers as a special assistant to the general manager, according to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com. At the time of Hatcher’s firing the Angels were 16-21 and averaging 3.6 runs per game. Since replacing Hatcher…

  14. Brewers “preparing to move” Zack Greinke if they can’t sign him to extension

    Jun 26, 2012, 2:42 PM EST

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    Zack Greinke is three months from cashing in as a free agent and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that other teams believe the Brewers are preparing to trade him if they can’t agree to a long-term extension by July 31. Milwaukee is 7.5 games out of the NL Central lead at 33-40, but the addition…

  15. Mariners close to signing No. 3 overall pick Mike Zunino

    Jun 26, 2012, 1:50 PM EST

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    No. 1 pick Carlos Correa and No. 2 pick Byron Buxton signed almost immediately and are both already playing in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League, and Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that the Mariners are close to coming to terms with No. 3 pick Mike Zunino. Last week Zunino was named Baseball America‘s…

  16. Rangers calling up 21-year-old Martin Perez from Triple-A

    Jun 26, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

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    Earlier this month the Rangers chose to give Double-A prospect Justin Grimm a chance in their injury wrecked rotation instead of turning to more highly touted Triple-A prospect Martin Perez, but now they’re both in the big leagues. Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that Perez has been called up to make his MLB debut…

  17. Diamondbacks remove play-by-play man Daron Sutton from broadcasts for “personnel matter”

    Jun 26, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

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    Daron Sutton has been the Diamondbacks’ television play-by-play announcer since 2007, but last week he was removed from the team’s broadcasts without explanation. Senior vice president of communications Josh Rawitch said only that “we’ve made a change in the broadcast-talent lineup” and “Daron will be taking some time off.” Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic…

  18. Matt Kemp unlikely to return before the All-Star break

    Jun 26, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

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    There’s no firm timetable yet for Matt Kemp‘s return from a hamstring strain that he aggravated just two games after coming off the disabled list, but manager Don Mattingly admitted yesterday that the center fielder is unlikely to play before the All-Star break. That also means Kemp won’t play in the All-Star game, although being…

  19. Ryan Dempster won’t be ready to return when eligible

    Jun 26, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

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    Ryan Dempster has been out since June 16 with a strained right shoulder and won’t be ready to return from the disabled list when eligible Sunday, according to Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago. Padilla reports that Dempster “will miss at least one more start” and because he’s yet to throw off a mound it wouldn’t…

  20. Cardinals sign first-rounder James Ramsey for $1.6 million

    Jun 26, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

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    Florida State outfielder James Ramsey and the Cardinals have agreed to a $1.6 million deal that’s slightly below the slot value for the No. 23 overall pick. That means Ramsey and his agent actually did pretty well considering his lack of leverage as a college senior. In fact, according to Jim Callis of Baseball America…

  21. Jimmy Rollins has been on fire for the past month

    Jun 26, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

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    Philadelphia’s decision to re-sign Jimmy Rollins looked like a mess two months into his three-year, $33 million contract, as the former MVP hit just .224 with one homer and a .558 OPS through 47 games. At age 33 and coming off back-to-back sub-.400 slugging percentage seasons it was starting to look like Rollins’ power was…

  22. Orioles release Miguel Tejada from Triple-A at his request

    Jun 25, 2012, 5:41 PM EST

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    According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun the Orioles have released Miguel Tejada from their Triple-A team at the former MVP’s request. Tejada had been playing third base for Norfolk since mid-May, but hit just .259 with zero homers and a .296 slugging percentage in 36 games. Over the weekend Norfolk also released Jamie…

  23. Drew Stubbs returns to Reds following oblique injury

    Jun 25, 2012, 5:17 PM EST

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    As expected the Reds activated Drew Stubbs from the disabled list after the center fielder missed the past three weeks with a strained oblique muscle. Stubbs went 1-for-10 on a brief minor-league rehab assignment and figures to resume starting in center field, pushing Chris Heisey back into a corner spot after serving as the primary…

  24. Nationals activate Mark DeRosa, put Xavier Nady on DL

    Jun 25, 2012, 4:46 PM EST

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    Washington has activated Mark DeRosa from the disabled list after the oft-injured veteran missed the past two months with a strained oblique muscle. DeRosa went 1-for-11 with four walks during a brief minor-league rehab assignment at Single-A and really struggled before the DL stint, so he’s unlikely to see much action unless Ryan Zimmerman‘s shoulder…

  25. Jeanmar Gomez bumped from Indians’ rotation, demoted to minors

    Jun 25, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

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    Jeanmar Gomez beat out Kevin Slowey for the final spot in the Indians’ rotation this spring, but after posting a 5.18 ERA and terrible 35/26 K/BB ratio in 73 innings he’s headed back to Triple-A. Gomez never showed a whole lot of promise in the minors and his 4.81 ERA through 34 career starts for…

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