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  1. You can never have too much of a good thing: the Nationals want pitching

    Jul 17, 2012, 2:03 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    The Nationals have the best rotation in the game, but Ken Rosenthal reports that that’s not stopping them from wanting to get better: The team is exploring trades for starting pitchers, including Cubs right-hander Ryan Dempster, according to major-league sources. They’re serious about shutting down Stephen Strasburg, it seems. And even if they aren’t, when was the last…

  2. Gumbel: the Hall of Fame risks making a mockery of itself

    Jul 17, 2012, 1:35 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds first pitch NLCS

    Bryant Gumbel’s latest installment of Gumbel to Gumbel, wait, sorry, Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel airs tonight. And in his closing remarks he simultaneously defends Reggie Jackson — who I’ve lambasted over his comments on the worthiness of his fellow Hall of Famers — and argues for the inclusion of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens,…

  3. Reggie Jackson to rejoin Yankees just in time to skip the Hall of Fame inductions

    Jul 17, 2012, 12:36 PM EDT

    Reggie Jackson

    They Yankees seem to be saving Reggie Jackson from himself. Or at least from the wrath of dudes like Don Sutton and Phil Niekro. The New York Post reports that the Yankees will reinstate (or whatever, considering his job is kind of amorphous) Mr. October in time for this weekend’s series against the A’s in…

  4. Justin Upton may accept trades to teams on his no-trade list

    Jul 17, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

    Justin Upton

    Yesterday we learned that Justin Upton has the Yankees, Red Sox, Cubs and Indians on his no-trade list. Today we learn that everything is negotiable: Justin Upton has 4 teams on no-trade list, but agent Larry Reynolds said it would not preclude Upton from accepting a trade there. #Dbacks — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 17,…

  5. The Chase Headley market is shrinking!

    Jul 17, 2012, 11:05 AM EDT

    Chase Headley

    July 5:’s Jon Heyman reports that the Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Indians, Orioles, Pirates and at least two other teams have “some level of interest in” Padres third baseman Chase Headley. Today: There are now six teams in trade discussions with Padres regarding Chase Headley who in all likelihood will be dealt by deadline — JIM BOWDEN…

  6. The Tigers are interested in Stephen Drew and Ryan Roberts

    Jul 17, 2012, 10:31 AM EDT

    stephen drew getty

    Get the Yankees involved in this deal and we can do another blockbuster! Rosenthal: The Detroit Tigers have shown interest in Arizona Diamondbacks infielders Stephen Drew and Ryan Roberts, major-league sources told … It’s not clear how advanced the talks are, but sources say there has been dialogue between the clubs on scenarios involving one…

  7. Woman accused of stalking Theo Epstein

    Jul 17, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Theo Epstein stalker

    He’s not with the Red Sox anymore, but it seems that Theo is STILL in competition with Brian Cashman … A Massachusetts woman was arrested in Wrigleyville Monday night and charged with stalking Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein. Kathleen Kearney, 44, from Canton, Mass., was charged with two felony counts of stalking, according…

  8. We live in an age of “paradoxical pharamacological puritanism”

    Jul 17, 2012, 9:41 AM EDT


    Via Sullivan, a pretty great essay by Greg Downey about just how irrational the anti-PED crusade is in sports. After an extended — really, really extended history of doping in sports — Downey notes that, hey, the entire world is using various forms of steroids and other performance enhancers yet, for some reason, athletes are…

  9. Will Derek Jeter be the first unanimous Hall of Fame inductee? Probably not, thanks to the schmucks

    Jul 17, 2012, 9:14 AM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    Alan Hoskins of the Kansas City Kansan asked several experts — ESPN people and some respected baseball writers — if they think Derek Jeter will be the first unanimously-elected Hall of Fame inductee. The response was itself unanimous: nope. No one, of course, argued that it was because he wasn’t deserving of first-ballot induction because…

  10. The Red Sox after Ryan Dempster. Wait, no they’re not.

    Jul 17, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    Gotta love the trade deadline. Last night: A source told ESPN’s Buster Olney that the Red Sox are aggressively pursuing the Cubs’ Ryan Dempster in a bid to shore up their rotation. This morning: A major league source denied a report that the Red Sox are “aggressive in the pursuit of Ryan Dempster.” To the contrary, the source suggested, the Sox…

  11. Maybe the greatest catch you’ll ever see

    Jul 17, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    Jiwan James catch

    I’ve watched this a few times and I still don’t know what to make of it. Phillies’ minor leaguer Jiwan James scaled the wall on Saturday to make what appears to be one of the more ridiculous home run-stealing catches you’ll ever see.  He loses his glove when he comes down hard, but then holds…

  12. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 17, 2012, 6:07 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Chris Tillman wipes sweat from his forehead during the first inning of the Orioles' MLB baseball game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis

    Twins 19, Orioles 7: This was a multifaceted butt-whupping, but it got started with Chris Tillman’s butt. Which is a shame considering that five short months ago he was in the Best Shape of His Life. All of those runs for the Twins despite hitting only one homer. It was a Gashouse Gorillas-style conga line…

  13. The Red Sox tell Bill James to stop commenting on Joe Paterno

    Jul 16, 2012, 6:14 PM EDT

    Bill James

    After a weekend in which Bill James repeatedly embarrassed himself with ill-informed and ill-advised comments about Joe Paterno and the Penn State scandal, his employer — the Boston Red Sox — have told him to stop: This afternoon, Red Sox Principal Owner John Henry and Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington spoke to Bill James regarding…

  14. Report: The Phillies to offer Hamels $120 million. It still won’t be enough.

    Jul 16, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    Cole Hamels

    I expect we’ll get a lot of this in the coming weeks then, when Hamels doesn’t sign an extension, it will go quiet. Then, when it comes to free agent time, the numbers will be higher. But for the time being, Jon Heyman reports: The Phillies are said to be planning to offer at least…

  15. The Red Sox designate Brent Lillibridge for assignment

    Jul 16, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Brent Lillibridge

    The initial significance of the news that the Red Sox are going to designate Brent Lillibridge for assignment: that makes room for Carl Crawford on the 40-man roster. The larger significance: it means that the Red Sox effectively traded Kevin Youkilis for a 25 year-old minor league pitcher in Zach Stewart. Makes me wonder why…

  16. The White Sox are reportedly interested in Zack Greinke

    Jul 16, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    Jon Heyman says that according to “sources” — god, I love mid-to-late July! — the White Sox are interested in Zack Greinke. No word on how serious it is or what they’d offer, but Greinke would certainly help them out.  The Sox’ rotation looks good at first blush with Chris Sale, Jack Peavy and Jose…

  17. John Smoltz’s solution to the Strasburg innings limit: he should fake injuries

    Jul 16, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    There’s no ideal way to handle the Stephen Strasburg situation. At least not since GM Mike Rizzo made it loud and clear that, yes, the Nats were going to cap his innings come hell, highwater or a playoff race. But John Smoltz has an idea. He told ESPN radio’s Scott Van Pelt what he’d do…

  18. Justin Upton can block trades to the Yankees, Red Sox, Indians and Cubs

    Jul 16, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

    Justin Upton

    I didn’t know this, but apparently Justin Upton has a limited no-trade clause.  And there are four teams on it, reports Ken Rosenthal: the Yankees, the Red Sox, the Cubs and … the Indians. That’s interesting. I get the first three. Big media markets with big, oftentimes hostile media members. But Cleveland? Man, all I…

  19. Heyman: the Yankees have talked to Philly about Shane Victorino

    Jul 16, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    While most of us assume that the Yankees are all about the pitching at the trade deadline, Jon Heyman tells us that isn’t so: They’ve talked to the Phillies about Shane Victorino and the Diamondbacks about Justin Upton, but Upton is a major long shot for them and right now they see the price tag…

  20. Players think a considerably overrated player is the most underrated in baseball

    Jul 16, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

    Michael Young

    Michael Young is the absolute king of overrated players. That does not mean he’s bad. In fact he’s been quite good over the course of his career. But he has been considered far better than he really is — has been lauded for his game-changing intangibles, leadership and MVP-worthiness despite there being scant evidence of any…

  21. We don’t have to worry too much about Ryan Dempster’s 10/5 rights

    Jul 16, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    Ryan Dempster is a ten year veteran who has been with the same club for five years and that gives him the right to veto trades to anywhere.  That’s often a complication for the team making the trade, but not this time, as he told Ken Rosenthal recently that he’d go to “any contender.” Rosenthal…

  22. Zack Greinke scratched from his next start

    Jul 16, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke AP

    UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal spoke with Doug Melvin, Brewers GM. Melvin says that nothing is physically wrong with Greinke and that the Brewers are just pushing him back and “recharging his batteries.” So, OK then. 12:32 PM: Mike Vassallo reports that Zack Greinke will not make his Wednesday start. There is no explanation yet, but the Brewers…

  23. A lot of scouts were watching Cole Hamels yesterday

    Jul 16, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Cole Hamels

    If “number of scouts watching a guy play” is any indication of the seriousness of his team to trade him, consider Cole Hamels out the door already. From Jim Salisbury of There were so many scouts behind the backstop at Coors Field on Sunday afternoon that you could have built a campfire and made…

  24. The Yankees are unlikely to get Hamels; are cool on Zack Greinke, Matt Garza and Ryan Dempster

    Jul 16, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    The Yankees’ recent strong stretch combined with the continued stumbling of the Orioles, Sox and Rays has given them a bit of a cushion. That said, they’d still probably want to add a starter if they can. Bur from the sounds of it, they aren’t terribly eager to go big game hunting at the deadlines.…

  25. Carl Crawford is back in the Sox’ lineup tonight

    Jul 16, 2012, 10:31 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Photo Day

    Carl Crawford is set to make his 2012 debut tonight. He’ll be in the Sox’ lineup against the White Sox.  For his part, Bobby Valentine is keeping expectations low: “I’m not expecting any immediate impact,” said Valentine. “I’m just expecting one of nine, a guy who can go out there and be a contributor. I’ve…

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