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  1. Twins on waivers: Indians claim Jim Thome, White Sox claim Jason Kubel

    Aug 25, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

    Jim Thome

    There was speculation that the White Sox would block the Indians’ attempt to reunite with Jim Thome by claiming him off waivers with their higher spot in line, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Thome indeed made it all the way to Cleveland on the waiver wire. Rosenthal also reports that the White Sox…

  2. Carlos Quentin likely out until next week with shoulder injury

    Aug 25, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    quentin getty wide

    Carlos Quentin remains on the active roster despite a sprained left shoulder, but he hasn’t played since Saturday and Ozzie Guillen said last night that he’s unlikely to be back in the lineup before next week. Dayan Viciedo is waiting in the wings at Triple-A as a potential fill-in for Quentin, but Mark Gonzales of…

  3. Lance Berkman says re-signing with Cardinals “would be my first choice”

    Aug 25, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman

    At times last season Lance Berkman looked washed up, posting an OPS below .800 for the first time, but he’s bounced back in a huge way this season at age 35 by hitting .290 with 29 homers and a .975 OPS. Not surprisingly Berkman plans to keep playing in 2012, but the big question is…

  4. Where’s the MVP love for reigning winner Joey Votto?

    Aug 25, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Joey Votto is the reigning NL MVP and his performance this season is remarkably similar to last year’s award-winning production, yet I’ve rarely seen him touted as a leading candidate this time around. Last year Votto hit .324 with 37 homers, 113 RBIs, 105 runs, and a league-leading 1.024 OPS. This year Votto is on…

  5. Nationals’ interest in B.J. Upton has cooled somewhat

    Aug 25, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    B.J. Upton was among the many center fielders consistently linked to the Nationals at the trade deadline and the Rays placed him on revocable waivers yesterday, potentially setting up a trade. However, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post “some Nationals scouts are lukewarm on him, especially at the plate” and “there’s healthy debate…

  6. Ozzie Guillen on Peter Bourjos: “I’ve never seen a white man that can run that fast”

    Aug 25, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Peter Bourjos

    Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos has been one of the most underrated players in baseball this season, combining exceptional defense with surprisingly strong hitting to rank 11th among AL position players in Wins Above Replacement. Ozzie Guillen came to appreciate Bourjos after the Angels swept a two-game series against the White Sox this week, heaping…

  7. Moneyball at Wrigley? Billy Beane “might consider” Cubs offer

    Aug 25, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Billy Beane

    Brian Cashman, Andrew Friedman, and Ned Colletti aren’t the only current general managers being linked to the Cubs’ opening, with Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle writing that Billy Beane “might consider an offer if the Cubs do approach him about their GM vacancy.” Beane nearly became the Red Sox’s general manager in 2002,…

  8. Yankees claim Carlos Pena off revocable waivers from Cubs

    Aug 24, 2011, 5:41 PM EDT

    Cubs Dodgers Baseball

    Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the Yankees have claimed Carlos Pena off recovable waivers, which means they have 48 hours to work out a potential trade with the Cubs. Earlier today, before the Yankees were identified as the claiming team, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com speculated that the Cubs trading Pena was unlikely because he’s…

  9. Phillies sign 16-year-old Venezuelan outfielder Carlos Tocci for $759,000

    Aug 24, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    map_of_venezuela

    UPDATE: The deal is now official, with Tocci signing for $759,000. ========== Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Phillies are on the verge of signing 16-year-old Venezuelan center fielder Carlos Tocci for around $750,000, with the only holdup being that they have to wait until he turns 16 and is actually eligible to sign.…

  10. Tweet of the Day: Pat Neshek can unpack now

    Aug 24, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    Earlier this week Pat Neshek was designated for assignment and removed from the 40-man roster by the Padres … or so he thought:

  11. GM doesn’t expect to trade Wandy Rodriguez to Rockies

    Aug 24, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Cincinnati Reds

    Tomorrow afternoon is the deadline for the Rockies to work out a trade for Wandy Rodriguez after claiming him off waivers, but Astros general manager Ed Wade told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that he doesn’t expect a deal to happen: I can’t make predictions. I don’t predict what could happen, but my gut tells me…

  12. Kerry Wood wants to stay with the Cubs in 2012

    Aug 24, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    kerry-wood-cubs

    Kerry Wood took less money to sign with the Cubs as a free agent this offseason and then turned down a chance to potentially join a contender at the trade deadline, so not surprisingly he’s also interested in re-signing for 2012. Wood will be a free agent this offseason and should draw plenty of interest…

  13. Brewers left-hander Manny Parra to undergo elbow surgery

    Aug 24, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

    Manny Parra, Miguel Tejada

    Manny Parra has been on the disabled list all season with elbow and back problems, and now the Brewers left-hander is headed for surgery to replace a screw that has been in his elbow. Parra initially had the screw inserted to fix a stress fracture when he was a teenager, so considering he went on…

  14. Rockies call up Kevin Kouzmanoff after yesterday’s trade

    Aug 24, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Kevin Kouzmanoff Getty

    Colorado traded for Kevin Kouzmanoff yesterday and the initial reports had the Rockies assigning the veteran third baseman to Triple-A, where the A’s kept him stashed for the past several months, but less than 24 hours later they’ve decided to call him up. Kouzmanoff will get a chance to play regularly at third base, where…

  15. Giants claim Padres closer Heath Bell off revocable waivers

    Aug 24, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    Heath Bell

    Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Giants claimed Heath Bell off waivers, meaning they’re now the only team eligible to trade for the Padres closer. Brian Wilson‘s elbow problems may have played a factor in the Giants’ decision to claim Bell, although because the Padres obviously weren’t going to simply give him away for…

  16. Stephen Strasburg will move to Triple-A for next rehab start

    Aug 24, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Stephen Strasburg struck out six batters in a three-inning rehab start Monday night at Single-A and the Nationals announced that he’ll move up to Triple-A for his next start Saturday. In addition to being just one step from the majors Strasburg told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that he’s looking forward to facing Triple-A…

  17. Ryan Ludwick follows Derrek Lee to Pirates’ disabled list

    Aug 24, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Ryan Ludwick

    At the trade deadline the Pirates chose not to make any high-impact moves, instead acquiring Derrek Lee and Ryan Ludwick in the hopes that the pair of underperforming veterans would turn things around at modest prices. Since then the Pirates have plummeted out of the playoff picture, with Lee playing just five games before being…

  18. Sean Burroughs homered last night for first time since 2005

    Aug 24, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Washington Nationals

    This has been a helluva week for early 2000s prospect busts. Jerome Williams beat the Orioles on Sunday for his first big-league win since September 25, 2005 and last night Sean Burroughs homered for the first time since April 30, 2005. Williams and Burroughs were both first-round picks in the late 1990s and the 2001…

  19. Adrian Beltre not cleared to run full speed, won’t be ready before September

    Aug 24, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Adrian Beltre

    Adrian Beltre still hasn’t been cleared to run at full speed following his setback from a hamstring injury last month and T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that “it’s almost a certainty that Beltre won’t be ready until after the rosters expand in September.” Beltre was on the verge of returning from the disabled list on…

  20. Nate Schierholtz plans to play through fractured foot

    Aug 24, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Nate Schierholtz fouled a ball off his right foot Sunday and an MRI exam Monday revealed a fracture, but the Giants outfielder is apparently going to play through the injury. Schierholtz told Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle that his foot felt much better yesterday and doctors have assured him there’s no further risk…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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