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  1. Bobby Abreu’s $9 million option for 2012 vested yesterday

    Aug 1, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Bobby Abreu

    As part of a two-year, $19 million deal signed with the Angels two offseasons ago Bobby Abreu got a $9 million option for 2012 that vested if he totaled at least 1,100 plate appearances between 2010 and 2011. He reached that mark yesterday afternoon, although no one really noticed at the time because the Angels…

  2. Pirates acquire Ryan Ludwick from Padres for PTBNL or cash

    Jul 31, 2011, 4:22 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v San Diego Padres

    Ryan Ludwick was reportedly close to being traded to the Indians earlier this afternoon, but instead the Pirates have swooped in at the last minute to acquire the outfielder from the Padres for a player to be named later or cash considerations. It’s tough to pass any sort of judgment on the trade without knowing…

  3. UPDATE: Pirates reportedly “close” to getting Ryan Ludwick from Padres

    Jul 31, 2011, 3:25 PM EDT

    Ryan Ludwick

    UPDATE: And now Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com says the Pirates, not the Indians, are “close” to acquiring Ludwick from the Padres. ========= Last night the Indians and Padres were said to be discussing a deal for outfielder Ryan Ludwick and now Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that the two sides are “getting close”…

  4. Done deal: Indians’ trade for Ubaldo Jimenez is official

    Jul 31, 2011, 3:09 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    UPDATE: Jimenez passed his physical, so the blockbuster trade sending him to the Indians for a four-prospect package led by 2010 first-round pick Drew Pomeranz is now official. ========== UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that McBride’s injury won’t hold up the deal. ========== Ubaldo Jimenez is reportedly undergoing a physical exam right now, but…

  5. Look away, I’m hideous: Astros’ post-trades lineup is ugly

    Jul 31, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Brad Mills

    Houston had MLB’s worst record and ranked 12th among NL teams in scoring with Hunter Pence, Michael Bourn, and Jeff Keppinger, so as you can imagine the Astros’ lineup looks downright sad after trading three of the team’s four best hitters. Here’s the lineup manager Brad Mills is trotting out there against the Brewers this…

  6. Miguel Tejada lashes out at San Francisco media for writing about his terrible defense

    Jul 31, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    Miguel Tejada

    Watching your team acquire Orlando Cabrera because they think he’s a better shortstop option than you can be tough on a person, but Miguel Tejada chose an interesting way to vent that frustration this morning: He lashed out at the media. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle described the scene in the clubhouse: Across…

  7. Pirates “steamed” Derrek Lee is “taking his time getting here”

    Jul 31, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review just posted an interesting note on Twitter saying: “Privately, folks in Pirates clubhouse are steamed Derrek Lee is taking his time getting here.” Of course, it couldn’t have been all that private if a newspaper reporter knows about it. Biertempfel notes that Hunter Pence took a late-night flight…

  8. Dodgers to get Alex Castellanos from Cardinals to complete Rafael Furcal trade

    Jul 31, 2011, 11:18 AM EDT

    Alex Castellanos cardinals

    The deal isn’t quite official yet, but Rafael Furcal has waived his 10-and-5 rights and will accept a trade to the Cardinals. As for who the Dodgers will get in return, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Dispatch reports that it’ll be a one-for-one swap with Double-A outfielder Alex Castellanos going to Los Angeles. Castellanos…

  9. Report: Mariners “discussing” Erik Bedard with Cardinals

    Jul 31, 2011, 10:55 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Cleveland Indians

    Apparently not satisfied with adding Edwin Jackson to the rotation the Cardinals are reportedly talking to the Mariners about acquiring Erik Bedard. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com the two sides are “discussing” a deal and “the ball is in the Cardinals’ court.” St. Louis has a full rotation with Jackson joining Chris Carpenter, Jaime…

  10. Why did the Yankees end their pursuit of Ubaldo Jimenez?

    Jul 31, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    As recently as yesterday afternoon Tim Kurkjian of ESPN reported that the Yankees were “all over” Ubaldo Jimenez, but once the Rockies ace was traded to the Indians much different details emerged about New York’s interest level. According to Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger the Yankees’ pursuit of Jimenez essentially ended several days…

  11. Denard Span hoping to return from concussion this weekend

    Jul 29, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Denard Span

    As trade rumors continue to swirl around him, Twins center fielder Denard Span is finally on the verge of returning from the concussion that has sidelined him for the past two months. Span, who’s been rehabbing at Triple-A for the past two weeks while taking multiple days off, told Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star…

  12. Yankees activate Rafael Soriano from disabled list

    Jul 29, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    Rafael Soriano is back from the disabled list after being sidelined since mid-May with an elbow injury. Joe Girardi once indicated that he’d turn right back to Soriano as the Yankees’ primary eighth-inning guy when healthy, but he seems to have softened on that stance somewhat recently and it’s hard to imagine David Robertson losing…

  13. Dodgers attendance is way down and still very misleading

    Jul 29, 2011, 3:28 PM EDT

    Dodger Stadium

    This isn’t exactly breaking news, but Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times has an interesting article about just how far the Dodgers’ attendance has fallen this season. Dilbeck notes that their official attendance is down 8,100 fans per game, but even that’s misleading because the total is tickets sold rather than actual fans in…

  14. Stephen Strasburg “threw extremely well” in simulated game

    Jul 29, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Nationals pitching coordinator Spin Williams had a very positive review of Stephen Strasburg‘s simulated game yesterday, telling Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that the rehabbing former No. 1 overall pick “threw extremely well.” Kilgore reports that Strasburg threw around 50 pitches, with breaks in between simulated innings, and a September appearance with the Nationals…

  15. Tweet of the Day: Denard Span addresses trade rumor, LOLs

    Jul 29, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Rumors about the Nationals talking to the Twins about Denard Span have been swirling all week, so the center fielder took a break from his rehab assignment at Triple-A to tweet about the speculation:

  16. Endy Chavez plays his way into bigger role with Rangers

    Jul 29, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Cleveland Indians

    Endy Chavez missed all of last season following knee surgery and began this year at Triple-A, but the 33-year-old outfielder has hit .326 in 43 games since joining the Rangers in mid-May and manager Ron Washington is ready to give him an expanded role. Chavez is a left-handed hitter and has faced almost exclusively right-handed…

  17. Brian Matusz wasn’t “mentally prepared” to “change things I’ve done for my whole life”

    Jul 29, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Baltimore Orioles

    Brian Matusz’s strong rookie season made the former No. 4 overall pick look like a long-term building block for the Orioles, but instead he’s taken several big steps backward this season, getting rocked for 25 runs in 26 innings, spending time on the disabled list, and then being demoted to Triple-A in late June. Matusz…

  18. Pirates may be ready to bench struggling Lyle Overbay

    Jul 29, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    overbay_lyle

    In past years–or past decades, more accurately–the Pirates may have lived with an unproductive veteran first baseman, but with the team in contention for the first time in a long time their patience with Lyle Overbay appears to be running out. Signed to a one-year, $5 million deal as a free agent, Overbay has hit…

  19. Kenley Jansen released from hospital after irregular heartbeat

    Jul 29, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Kenley Jansen has been released from the hospital after the Dodgers reliever spent two nights being examined for an irregular heartbeat. Jansen complained of his heart “fluttering” after closing out a 3-2 win Tuesday night and had to be driven to the hospital by the Dodgers’ training staff and then shocked back into rhythm. Steve…

  20. Barry Zito is healthy, but Giants might not let him start again

    Jul 29, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Barry Zito is healthy and on track to take his next turn in the rotation Sunday, but the Giants may not let him make the start after coughing up six runs in seven innings his last time out. San Francisco has “to be announced” listed as Sunday’s scheduled starter and manager Bruce Bochy explained that…

  21. Brad Penny downplays mound argument with Victor Martinez

    Jul 29, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Detroit Tigers

    Brad Penny and Victor Martinez got into a heated argument on the mound in the middle of the fourth inning yesterday, with Penny being removed from the game a short time later after allowing seven runs in 3.1 innings against the Angels. Martinez refused to speak about the situation afterward, but Penny downplayed the incident…

  22. Hamstring injury sends Twins infielder Alexi Casilla to DL

    Jul 28, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    alexi-casilla-twins

    Alexi Casilla pulled up lame while heading into second base with a double last night and an MRI exam revealed a hamstring strain, so he’s bound for the disabled list. Casilla’s overall numbers are nothing special, but he’s hit reasonably well while playing solid defense since moving from shortstop to second base and as usual…

  23. Picture of the Day: What to do with those old Rasmus jerseys

    Jul 28, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

    What should Cardinals fans do with their old Colby Rasmus jerseys and shirseys? Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch spotted a fan at last night’s game who made his own modifications:

  24. Casey Blake’s latest rehab assignment begins tonight

    Jul 28, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    casey-blake-dodgers-spring

    Casey Blake‘s latest attempt to get over season-long back problems will begin tonight with a rehab assignment at Single-A. Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times reports that Blake will start slow, debuting as a designated hitter, which likely means the 38-year-old is at least another week away from potentially coming off the disabled list.…

  25. In need of infield depth, Brewers get Felipe Lopez from Rays

    Jul 28, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    In a move that presumably won’t keep them from pursuing further infield help between now and Sunday’s trade deadline, the Brewers have acquired Felipe Lopez from the Rays for cash considerations. Lopez is a veteran of 11 seasons in the majors, but has spent most of this season playing at Triple-A Durham, where he batted…

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