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  1. Jered Weaver went against agent Scott Boras’ advice in signing five-year, $85 million extension

    Aug 24, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Angels starting pitcher Weaver tips his cap to center fielder Bourjos during their MLB American League baseball game in Arlington

    Rarely does agent Scott Boras advise a star client nearing free agency to bypass the open market and sign a long-term extension, let alone a long-term extension for a surprisingly reasonable rate. The only difference with Jered Weaver is that he ignored Boras’ advice. In yesterday’s press conference officially announcing his five-year, $85 million deal…

  2. Wandy Rodriguez is pitching against the Rockies one day after they claimed him off waivers

    Aug 24, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez

    Colorado claimed Wandy Rodriguez and his contract off waivers yesterday, which should make it awfully weird when he takes the mound at Coors Field this afternoon to face the Rockies. Assuming they don’t work out a trade with the Astros by then, of course. Rodriguez is scheduled to face Aaron Cook about 20 hours before…

  3. Jose Contreras to undergo exploratory elbow surgery

    Aug 23, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Philadelphia Phillies

    Jose Contreras won’t pitch again this season, as the Phillies announced that the veteran reliever will undergo exploratory elbow surgery. His return timetable depends on what doctors find once he’s under the knife, but even a minor surgery would make Contreras a question mark heading into next season at age 40. He pitched well enough…

  4. Rockies acquire Kevin Kouzmanoff from A’s for player to be named later

    Aug 23, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Kevin Kouzmanoff Getty

    Kevin Kouzmanoff has been stuck in the minors since the A’s demoted the struggling third baseman to Triple-A in mid-June and today they traded him (and some cash) to the Rockies for a player to be named later. Kouzmanoff and his $4.75 million salary went unclaimed on waivers back in June, allowing the A’s to…

  5. Perception or reality: Wandy Rodriguez … underrated?

    Aug 23, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez

    News that the Rockies claimed Wandy Rodriguez off waivers and will have until Thursday afternoon to potentially work out a trade with the Astros for him has me wondering if the 32-year-old left-hander is underrated. For the past week or so various prominent media members have been acting as if Rodriguez’s contract is a Vernon…

  6. Padres prospect Donavan Tate injures wrist after returning from 50-game suspension

    Aug 23, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    Donavan Tate - Bowman

    Just three weeks after returning from a 50-game suspension for a “drug of abuse” Padres prospect and former No. 3 overall pick Donavan Tate has suffered a season-ending wrist injury, according to the San Diego Union Tribune. He managed to play a total of just 39 games in his first “full season” as a professional,…

  7. Pirates designate lefty reliever Joe Beimel for assignment

    Aug 23, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Contenders interested in adding another left-handed reliever to the bullpen mix may take a look at Joe Beimel, who was designated for assignment by the Pirates. Beimel had a sub-4.00 ERA every season from 2005 to 2010, but his ERA stands at 5.33 after serving up a homer to right-handed slugger Ryan Braun yesterday and…

  8. Video: Josh Hamilton goes hunting, talks drugs, kills a deer

    Aug 23, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

    Here’s some video of Josh Hamilton‘s recent appearance on the Versus channel hunting show “The Bucks of Tecomate” in which the reigning MVP discusses his battle with drugs and kills a deer:

  9. After one year as Cubs manager Mike Quade is 80-85

    Aug 23, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Bob Davidson, Mike Quade

    Mike Quade managed the Cubs to a 24-13 record down the stretch last season after replacing Lou Piniella and that earned him a two-year contract worth around $2 million, but a year later the honeymoon is definitely over. Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com notes that today marks the one-year anniversary of Quade becoming the interim manager…

  10. Cole Hamels placed on DL, but expected to start Monday

    Aug 23, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels reacts to a balk call during the fifth inning of their Interleague MLB baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Philadelphia

    Philadelphia has placed Cole Hamels on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, but because the stint is backdated to August 13 he’ll be eligible to return Sunday. For now at least Hamels remains the Phillies’ scheduled starter for Monday’s game against the Reds, so it looks like the DL move is mostly just so they…

  11. Travis Hafner may need season-ending foot surgery

    Aug 23, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Travis Hafner

    Indians trainer Lonnie Soloff gave an update on Travis Hafner‘s status, revealing that the designated hitter is wearing a walking boot and may need season-ending foot surgery. Hafner was placed on the disabled list yesterday with a sprained right foot, leading to speculate that the Indians will try to claim Jim Thome off waivers from…

  12. J.J. Hardy homers to remind Twins of mistake they made letting him go

    Aug 23, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Kansas City Royals

    Last night the Twins were reminded of their biggest offseason mistake when Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy homered in his return to Minnesota. Hardy, who was traded for a pair of mid-level prospects after the Twins decided they wanted to add more “speed” to the middle infield, now has 24 homers for the Orioles, which is…

  13. Mariners won’t bench struggling Ichiro Suzuki

    Aug 23, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Ichiro Suzuki

    Ichiro Suzuki is having the worst season of his career and his streak of consecutive 200-hit seasons is all but certain to end at 10, but manager Eric Wedge said yesterday that he has no plans to bench the 37-year-old right fielder down the stretch. “We’re going to continue to give him opportunities at the…

  14. Red Sox plan to activate J.D. Drew from DL on September 1

    Aug 23, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    J.D. Drew

    J.D. Drew has been out since mid-July with a left shoulder impingement, but Ian Browne of MLB.com reports that the Red Sox’s “current plan” is to activate him from the disabled list once rosters expand on September 1. And with Josh Reddick coming back down to earth following an amazing start Drew might actually be…

  15. Cole Hamels downplays talk of Jered Weaver-like extension

    Aug 23, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Philadelphia Phillies

    Cole Hamels and Jered Weaver are about as close as two pitchers get in terms of age, service time, and performance, leading to some natural speculation that Weaver’s five-year, $85 million extension with the Angels would clear the path for Hamels to sign a similar deal with the Phillies. That may happen eventually, but Hamels…

  16. Adam Wainwright threw from 120 feet yesterday

    Aug 23, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Adam Wainwright‘s comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery has progressed to the point that he made 50 throws from 120 feet yesterday, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Wainwright, who went under the knife in late February, is hoping to be cleared to throw off a mound at some point in…

  17. Alex Rodriguez is still gambling for high stakes

    Aug 22, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

    alex rodriguez poker

    I’m not sure anyone anywhere really thinks Alex Rodriguez playing high-stakes poker is a big deal, but with MLB repeatedly telling him to stop gambling and his involvement in Hollywood home games making headlines recently you’d think he might at least give it a rest for a while. Instead the New York Post reports that…

  18. Kevin Correia’s terrible second half now includes trip to DL

    Aug 22, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Kevin Correia made the All-Star team on the basis of his 11 first-half wins, but his 4.07 ERA was nothing special and not surprisingly the 30-year-old pitcher with a 4.57 career ERA coming into this season came crashing back down to earth after the break. Correia is 1-4 with a 7.23 ERA in seven starts…

  19. Indians place Travis Hafner on disabled list with foot injury

    Aug 22, 2011, 4:53 PM EDT

    Travis Hafner

    Travis Hafner exited yesterday’s game with a sprained right foot and the Indians have placed the designated hitter on the disabled list. Hafner also missed time with a foot injury in April and spent a month on the DL with an oblique strain around midseason, but he’s been very productive when healthy enough to be…

  20. A’s pull back Rich Harden after Indians claim him on waivers

    Aug 22, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Rich Harden

    Last month the A’s had a Rich Harden trade worked out, only to have the Red Sox back away because of concerns about his health. And now Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the A’s put Harden on waivers only to pull him back when the Indians claimed him and “couldn’t work out a deal.”…

  21. Phillies lose Jimmy Rollins, but activate Placido Polanco

    Aug 22, 2011, 3:51 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Jimmy Rollins was placed on the disabled list with a strained groin, but the Phillies have replaced him on the roster by activating Placido Polanco from the DL. Polanco hasn’t played since August 6 because of a hip injury and hasn’t played well since April because of assorted health problems, but his return allows the…

  22. Josh Beckett now able to block trades with 10-and-5 rights

    Aug 22, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett

    Josh Beckett wasn’t going anywhere anyway, but now he’s officially able to block any future attempts the Red Sox might make to trade him. Rob Bradford of WEEI.com notes that Beckett recently gained his 10-and-5 rights, which means he’s accumulated 10 total seasons of service time in the majors, including five consecutive seasons with the…

  23. Picture of the Day: Joe Maddon is ready for some football

    Aug 22, 2011, 2:42 PM EDT

    Rays manager Joe Maddon channels Ricky Williams by doing a press conference with a football helmet on.

  24. Jimmy Rollins placed on disabled list with strained groin

    Aug 22, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    rollins fielding ap

    Jimmy Rollins, who left yesterday’s game with a strained groin, just announced via Twitter that he’s headed for the disabled list. According to Rollins’ tweet he’s been diagnosed with a mild, Grade 2 strain, which means he might be able to return from the DL when eligible in early September. Philadelphia leads the NL East…

  25. Anthony Swarzak replaces injured, ineffective Nick Blackburn in Twins’ rotation

    Aug 22, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Texas Rangers

    Nick Blackburn isn’t a particularly effective starting pitcher but the one thing he always does is throw strikes, so when the right-hander walked four of the first eight batters he faced yesterday something was obviously wrong. He left the game in the second inning and is headed for the disabled list with a strained forearm,…

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