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  1. Mets release 41-year-old Miguel Batista

    Jul 26, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Miguel Batista

    After designating Miguel Batista for assignment over the weekend the Mets officially released the 41-year-old right-hander today. It’s remarkable that Batista lasted as long as he did with the Mets, but it’s even more amazing that he somehow managed to not be much, much worse than a 3.96 ERA in nine starts and 30 relief…

  2. Phillies put Placido Polanco on disabled list with back injury

    Jul 26, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Placido Polanco

    So much for the Phillies trading Placido Polanco. Philadelphia has placed the third baseman on the disabled list with lower back inflammation and he won’t be eligible to return until a week after the July 31 trade deadline. Of course, finding a taker for the 36-year-old would have been tough even if Polanco were healthy,…

  3. Francisco Cordero hasn’t made a very good first impression in Houston

    Jul 26, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Houston Astros

    Francisco Cordero went from Toronto to Houston as part of last week’s 10-player swap and the Astros, having traded closer Brett Myers and setup man Brandon Lyon, installed Cordero as their new closer. To absolutely no one’s surprise, it hasn’t worked out very well. Cordero was terrible for the Blue Jays, throwing 34 innings with…

  4. Brewers GM admits Zack Greinke will definitely be traded

    Jul 26, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    greinke getty

    Brewers general manager Doug Melvin has dropped some very strong hints that he’ll be trading Zack Greinke before Tuesday’s deadline, but now he’s left zero doubt. Bob Nightengale of USA Today spoke to Melvin today and reports that he “will definitely be traded.” Melvin said previously that the Brewers would deal Greinke if they couldn’t…

  5. Trade coming? Brewers activate Jonathan Lucroy, designate George Kottaras for assignment

    Jul 26, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    George Kottaras

    In making room for starting catcher Jonathan Lucroy‘s return from the disabled list the Brewers designated backup catcher George Kottaras for assignment. That means Milwaukee has decided to stick with Martin Maldonado as Lucroy’s new backup, but it’s unlikely that they’d be willing to simply let Kottaras go for nothing via waivers. Instead, expect the…

  6. Trevor Bauer shut down following demotion to Triple-A

    Jul 26, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Trevor Bauer Getty

    Arizona demoted top prospect Trevor Bauer to Triple-A last week after he struggled to consistently throw strikes in his first taste of the majors and now the No. 3 overall pick in the 2011 draft will take some time off in the minors. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Bauer will take at…

  7. Jason Marquis’ deal with the devil hasn’t expired yet

    Jul 26, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Jason Marquis

    Jason Marquis got released by the Twins in May after pitching about as poorly as a big leaguer could possibly pitch, starting seven games with an 8.47 ERA, .371 opponents’ batting average, and more walks (14) than strikeouts (12) in 34 innings. He quickly signed a minor-league deal with the Padres and joined their rotation…

  8. Picture of the Day: Pronk face

    Jul 26, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    picture of the day

    This has nothing to do with anything, really, but Zack Meisel of MLB.com shared this photo of Travis Hafner on Twitter last night and I couldn’t go on living without passing it along:

  9. Buck Showalter shares a scary story about his mother

    Jul 26, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    showalter ap

    In talking to Baltimore reporters about Cal Ripken Jr.’s mother being abducted at gunpoint Orioles manager Buck Showalter revealed that his own mother went through a similar ordeal. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun has the details: In 2000, when Showalter was managing the Arizona Diamondbacks, his elderly mother was living alone in the house…

  10. What’s going on with Ricky Romero and his 5.75 ERA?

    Jul 26, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero blows a gum balloon during practice at their spring training facility in Dunedin

    Ricky Romero showed a steady progression in his first three seasons, as his ERA went from 4.30 to 3.73 to 2.92 with similar improvements in walk rate and strikeout-to-walk ratio. He emerged as a top-of-the-rotation starter for the Blue Jays last season, making his first All-Star team at age 26 and throwing 225 innings with…

  11. Giants lefty Eric Surkamp undergoes Tommy John surgery

    Jul 25, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Eric Surkamp

    Out since spring training with an elbow injury, Giants left-hander Eric Surkamp will now be sidelined through at least the middle of next season following Tommy John surgery. Prior to the injury Surkamp was in the mix to potentially supplant Barry Zito as the Giants’ fifth starter, but instead he hasn’t thrown a pitch and…

  12. Reds turned down trade with Phillies for Shane Victorino

    Jul 25, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Philadelphia Phillies

    Various reports have the Phillies shopping impending free agent Shane Victorino and according to Paul Daugherty of the Cincinnati Enquirer the Reds turned down a deal for the 31-year-old center fielder in exchange for reliever Logan Ondrusek. Ondrusek is a 26-year-old right-hander whose 2.70 ERA this season and 3.27 career mark are both great-looking, but…

  13. X-rays on Albert Pujols’ elbow injury come back negative

    Jul 25, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    pujols getty

    Albert Pujols is out of the Angels’ lineup today after taking a pitch off his elbow last night, but the good  news is that X-rays came back negative. Pujols is officially listed as day-to-day, although with the Angels having tomorrow off they may want to avoid using him as a pinch-hitter to maximize his rest.…

  14. Randy Wells undergoes elbow surgery, likely out for season

    Jul 25, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

    Randy Wells AP

    If the Cubs trade Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza it won’t be Randy Wells stepping into one of the vacant rotation spots, as the right-hander underwent elbow surgery this week. It was arthroscopic, rather than the more serious Tommy John variety, but Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago reports that Wells is all but certain to…

  15. Will injuries keep Alex Rodriguez from breaking Barry Bonds’ home run record?

    Jul 25, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    alex rodriguez and barry bonds

    Not so long ago Alex Rodriguez seemed very likely to finish his career as the all-time home run king. He won the MVP in 2007 with a monster season, hitting .314 with 54 homers, 156 RBIs, and a 1.067 OPS. At that point he was 31 years old with 518 career homers, had hit at…

  16. Rockies place Jason Giambi on DL with viral infection

    Jul 25, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    giambi getty

    Colorado opted to shift Michael Cuddyer to first base rather than turning to Jason Giambi as the fill-in for an injured Todd Helton and now Giambi has joined Helton on the disabled list anyway. Giambi was placed on the shelf with a viral infection and the 41-year-old told Troy Renck of the Denver Post that…

  17. Wanna buy the Red Sox’s 1912 World Series trophy?

    Jul 25, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Screen Shot 2012-07-25 at 12.09.35 PM

    If you’re in the market for a century-old World Series trophy, this is your lucky day. According to the Associated Press the Red Sox’s 1912 World Series trophy will be auctioned off at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore next week and the company organizing the auction “expects the trophy will fetch more than…

  18. Cardinals call up A’s castoff Brian Fuentes

    Jul 25, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    brian fuentes getty

    Brian Fuentes is back in the majors two weeks after being released by the A’s, as the Cardinals have called up the veteran left-hander. Fuentes was designated for assignment by Oakland after posting a 6.84 ERA in 25 innings and predictably no teams were willing to take on his $5 million contract via waivers. However,…

  19. Cal Ripken Jr.’s mother “home safe” after being abducted at gunpoint

    Jul 25, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    violet ripken

    UPDATE: Few details about how Violet Ripken went missing were available initially, but now WUSA9-TV in Maryland reports that she was “abducted at gunpoint from her home Tuesday morning.” Here’s an official statement from the Ripken family: As you now know, our mother was abducted at gunpoint from her home yesterday morning. This has been…

  20. David Ortiz is out of his walking boot, close to swinging bat

    Jul 25, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    David Ortiz

    David Ortiz‘s recovery from an Achilles’ tendon injury is going well enough that the Red Sox designated hitter is out of his protective walking boot and told Rob Bradford of WEEI.com that he hopes to begin swinging a bat as soon as this weekend. Before then Ortiz will be reevaluated by team doctors Friday, which…

  21. Zack Greinke: “I don’t really look forward to being traded”

    Jul 25, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke AP

    Milwaukee skipping Zack Greinke‘s turn in the rotation last week so he could “recharge his batteries” worked out pretty well, as Greinke returned last night with seven innings of one-run ball in what may be his final Brewers start. Afterward he declined to discuss the specifics of any contract extension talks, although he did apologize…

  22. A’s turned down trade for Hanley Ramirez in which Marlins would have eaten $20 million

    Jul 25, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez Getty

    Before trading Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers the Marlins offered to eat a big portion of his contract in a potential deal with the A’s. According to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com prior to the Dodgers making their strong interest in Ramirez known the Marlins were discussing a trade in which they would have paid “about…

  23. Marlins move center fielder Emilio Bonifacio to second base

    Jul 24, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Nyjer Morgan, Emilio Bonifacio

    Yesterday the Marlins traded starting second baseman Omar Infante to the Tigers and today they announced that Emilio Bonifacio will take over for him there after playing center field all season. Bonifacio has plenty of experience all over the diamond, including nearly 500 career innings at second base, and the move would allow the Marlins…

  24. Rays activate Sam Fuld from disabled list for season debut

    Jul 24, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox

    After missing the first 96 games of the season following spring training wrist surgery Sam Fuld is off the disabled list and back on the Rays’ active roster. Fuld gained cult hero status during his hot start last season, but then slumped badly down the stretch and was slated for a part-time role this year…

  25. Indians acquire Brent Lillibridge from Red Sox

    Jul 24, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Brent Lillibridge

    Brent Lillibridge is on the move again. Traded from the White Sox to the Red Sox in the Kevin Youkilis deal and then almost immediately designated for assignment by Boston, Lillibridge has now been dealt to the Indians for minor leaguer Jose De La Torre. He’s expected to join the Indians’ active roster and will…

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