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  1. 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…

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

    Aug 24, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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    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.…

  3. 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:

  4. 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…

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

    Aug 24, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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,…

  20. 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…

  21. 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:

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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