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Craig Calcaterra

  1. HBT Trade Deadline Tracker

    Jul 31, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies

    We’re constantly updating the doings at the trade deadline with individual posts here at HBT, but for those only looking for the big picture, we offer this handy dandy list of the trades that have gone down. The trades are listed in reverse chronological order and are identified by the key player in each deal.…

  2. Derek Jeter leaves game after getting hit in the hand

    Jul 31, 2011, 3:17 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    Derek Jeter left today’s Yankees-Orioles game after getting hit on the hand by a Jake Arrieta pitch.  It happened in the third inning, and Jeter tried to stay in the game, but he left in the fifth. Good news: no break.  X-Rays are negative and it’s being reported that Jeter is day-to-day, as are we all.

  3. UPDATE: Forget Heath Bell – it’s Mike Adams to the Rangers

    Jul 31, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    Mike Adams

    UPDATE:  It’s not often that Ken Rosenthal misfires — he is, in my view, the best at this rumor business —  but he misfired here. Almost immediately after his report that the Padres had traded Heath Bell to the Rangers, multiple reports came in that it was not Bell, but rather, Mike Adams who is…

  4. Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?

    Jul 31, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez

    As we wait around to hear if anything happens with those Yankees-Astros talks about Wandy Rodriguez, we get this tweet from Jon Heyman:  Yankees dont like wandy’s contract, or necessarily his pitching. but they know they need to do something. Well, apart from that … Look: I understand the trade deadline is nutso, but when was…

  5. UPDATE: chances of a Denard Span deal to the Nats are less than 50-50

    Jul 31, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    storen_drew

    UPDATE: ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian is now reporting that the chances of Storen/Span deal less than 50-50 and that the Nationals may pivot to B.J. Upton in their search for a center fielder.  Are the Nats really that afraid to give up Drew Storen?  Seems kind of nutso to me, but then again, I just work…

  6. The addition of Michael Bourn was a masterful move for the Braves

    Jul 31, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Michael Bourn

    Adding Michael Bourn is not going to make the Braves make up five games on the Phillies, but it was a masterful move all the same.  Simply a great trade for Atlanta any way you look at it. First Bourn:  he’s an elite center fielder, obviously.  You can look at the gold gloves if you…

  7. The Braves may bring Omar Infante back

    Jul 31, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Cameron Maybin, Omar Infante

    UPDATE:  Buster Olney says that a lot of teams have called the Marlins about Infante and that, at the moment, no one is really close, including Atlanta. Upshot: the Marlins may hang on to their All-Star. 8:50 AM: Hey, if you have a chance to add a former All-Star at the deadline, you take it,…

  8. Rich Harden’s deal fell through over — wait for it — his medical records

    Jul 31, 2011, 7:07 AM EDT

    rich harden a's injured

    Seeing Rich Harden’s trade to the Red Sox go sideways late last night was rather surprising and rather odd, but now that we know the reason, it’s not that surprising after all:  the Red Sox called it off after looking at his medical records. Shocking, I know. Here’s how WEEI’s Alex Speier reports it: A…

  9. Shin-Soo Choo looking at a mid-August return

    Jul 29, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    choo blue wide

    Jordan Bastian tweets that Shin-Soo Choo hopes to rejoin the Indians during a series against the White Sox from August 16-18. Choo resumed baseball activities this week — hitting off a tee, mostly — and all seems to be fine.  The Indians haven’t given an official timetable for his return, but after a terrible season…

  10. Ryan Langerhans traded to the Diamondbacks

    Jul 29, 2011, 4:58 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Kansas City Royals

    Finally! After weeks of rumors we can finally put all of this “where will Ryan Langerhans go?” speculation to bed! Oh, wait there wasn’t any.  But it is the “trade deadline,” not just the “Hunter Pence Trade Deadline” so you should know that Ryan Langerhans has been traded by the Mariners to the Diamondbacks for…

  11. The A’s are going to trade Andrew Bailey to the Rangers? Really?

    Jul 29, 2011, 3:52 PM EDT

    Andrew Bailey

    Color me dubious, but Brady Tinker of Fox Southwest reports that the A’s and Rangers are talking about a trade involving Andrew Bailey. Why the A’s would trade their closer to a division rival is an open question.  Of course, the Rangers are said to be involved in intense talks with the Padres about Heath Bell,…

  12. Roger Clemens files his double jeopardy motion

    Jul 29, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    As we noted last week, Roger Clemens’ lawyers are going to try to argue that he can’t be re-tried because doing so would violate his constitutional right against the double jeopardy. He filed a motion to that effect today, arguing that the prosecutors — worried that they were losing —  intentionally introduced impermissible evidence for…

  13. The five greatest trade deadlines in baseball history

    Jul 29, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Randy Johnson Astros

    Yesterday in the Twitter questions I mentioned that I had banned two of the three authors of The Platoon Advantage — Bill and The Common Man; Mark remained in my good graces — because they insisted on taunting me about the Hrbek/Gant play from the 1991 World Series and insisting that Aquaman was a legitimate super…

  14. The Angels are interested in Aramis Ramirez

    Jul 29, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez

    We learned last night that Aramis Ramirez may be willing to waive his no-trade clause. If so, the Cubs may have a trading partner for him, as Bob Nightengale tweets that the Angels are “quite interested” in him. It would be a great fit if they could swing it. The Angels really need some pop…

  15. The Reds are looking at Michael Bourn

    Jul 29, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Bourn_Michael

    The Reds just got swept by the Mets and looked terrible doing it.  Despite lots of talent on hand, nothing has gelled for them so far this year, they’re five games under .500 and people are openly calling for them to cut bait and reload for next season and beyond.  In the face of all…

  16. Great Moments in T-Ball

    Jul 29, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    Carlo dugout

    My son Carlo — that’s him in the Cubbies cap — has spent the last week in a T-ball camp. Pretty low-key thing. Basically, getting 5 and 6-year-olds used to throwing a ball around, listening to coaches and generally having the first clue of what actually happens in a baseball game.  Keeps ’em off the…

  17. Everybody Wang Chung tomorrow morning!

    Jul 29, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    wang getty wide

    Chien-Ming Wang is making his first major league start in a couple of years tomorrow.  This will be cause for great celebration in Taipei: Citizens have been invited to gather at Taipei City Hall to watch a live stream of the Nationals home game against the New York Mets live at 7 p.m. EST (7…

  18. The Nats and Twins are still talking about a Denard Span-Drew Storen trade

    Jul 29, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Denard Span

    Last year the Nationals snookered the Twins into giving up a stud catching prospect for the most replaceable of all commodities, the Proven Closer.  But Matt-Capps for Wilson Ramos was one of those once-in-a-lifetime brain farts, right?  Surely Bill Smith and the Twins aren’t going to do something like that again, right? Maybe!  While it…

  19. If the Phillies get Pence, it’ll be because they overpaid for him

    Jul 29, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    Every trade deadline there’s a guy whose name I get tired of typing and this year it’s Hunter Pence.  I thought it would be Beltran, but that was over rather painlessly. But Pence, yeah, I really am getting tired of typing it. Anyway, Jon Heyman has an update on the Pence-to-Philly chatter.  You’ll recall that…

  20. The Tigers are interested in Jason Marquis

    Jul 29, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Jason Marquis

    Rosenthal and Morosi report that the Tigers are talking to the Nationals about Jason Marquis. This fits with Detroit’s overall desire to land a starter. A desire that has yet to come close to being met if you believe the rumors.  Beyond some Jeremy Guthrie buzz, not much has happened in that regard. Marquis is…

  21. The Giants are trying to shoo the seagulls away

    Jul 29, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Duck Hawk Soaring

    She swallowed the spider to catch the fly, but I don’t know why she swallowed the fly. I guess she’ll die: For years, the San Francisco Giants’ regular seagulls cooperated so nicely: They flocked to AT&T Park after the final out to scavenge for treats like leftover popcorn, pizza or garlic fries. Those gulls have…

  22. Frank and Jamie McCourt: masters of logic

    Jul 29, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Combination of file photos of Frank and Jamie McCourt during their divorce trial in Los Angeles

    Frank and Jamie McCourt had a hearing in their divorce case yesterday.  Because both of them are ridiculous, the hearing was ridiculous. Jamie McCourt’s lawyers referred to Frank’s battles with Major League Baseball as a “jihad,” which pulls the neat trick of being simultaneously offensive to those who believe in the concept of jihads and…

  23. The Indians are making a “strong push” for Ryan Ludwick

    Jul 29, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Ryan Ludwick

    Ah, the deadline. When teams get all determined to move heaven and Earth to obtain … OK bats. To that end, Rosenthal tweets that the Indians are “making a strong push” for Ryan Ludwick.  This the day after they landed Kosuke Fukudome. As we said yesterday when that trade went down, the Indians are in an…

  24. It’s getting closer to last call and Hunter Pence is starting to look better

    Jul 29, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    pence getty wide

    Buster Olney put the trade dynamic in perspective this morning, reminding us that for all of this excitement and all of the teams trying to outdo one another for the likes of Hunter Pence, he’s currently 18th in batting average, 50th in OBP and 54th in slugging.  Elite? No.  More like the last dude at…

  25. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 29, 2011, 5:41 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Oakland Athletics

    Rays 10, Athletics 8: Oakland scored five in the first so it looked like another shellacking was on the way for Tampa Bay. But no! The Rays put up a seven-spot in the seventh thanks in part to Desmond Jennings who had a whale of a ballgame. Every Tampa Bay starter either got a hit or…

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