Jul 20, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT
The Cubs’ press release in which Sweet Lou calls it a career has him announcing his decision to retire now because “it gives Jim Hendry ample time to find the next manager and he doesn’t need to do so in secrecy.” I take that as a license to speculate: Ryne Sandberg: That’s the name you’re…
Jul 20, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT
Would you trust the man behind BALCO to give you your vitamins every day?
Jul 20, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT
Yesterday I mused that I’ve heard less chatter about Jake Westbrook than most other available starting pitchers. Seems there’s a good reason why. Take it away Ken Rosenthal: Westbrook will receive a $2 million bonus if traded, and his salary would increase by a pro-rated portion of $1 million, according to a copy of his…
Jul 20, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT
Last week Jon Heyman reported that people with the Cubs anticipated that Lou Piniella was going to retire at the end of the season. Today Bill Madden reports it as not suspicion, but fact, and given that Madden and Piniella are said to be quite close, it presumably came straight from Piniella’s mouth (UPDATE: The…
Jul 20, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT
Because one video a week of a pasty, lisping bald guy is not enough, we’re now going to give you five. You’re welcome.
Jul 20, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT
Congratulations to Joe Tetreault, winner of HBT’s Home Run Derby contest. The prize: a guest post on anything he wanted. And boy did he use up all the latitude we gave him on this one.
Jul 20, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT
I’m probably going to be a bit drowsy tomorrow, because there’s a great pitching matchup tonight in Los Angeles: Tim Lincecum vs. Clayton Kershaw. When you’re a junkie like me you just can’t miss that kind of thing. Lots of interesting stuff swirling around this one. The last start from each of these aces for…
Jul 20, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT
Blue Jays All-Star catcher John Buck is drawing a lot of interest, reports Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun, with the Tigers, Red Sox, Yankees, Twins, and Phillies all scouting last night’s Royals-Jays game. Of course, take any reports based on scouting with a grain of salt, especially when teams who are perfectly set at…
Jul 20, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT
There are many, many reasons to discount reports that the Yankees are interested in investing in the English Premier League. The man pictured to the left is the biggest among them.
Jul 20, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT
Tom Krasovic reports that the Marlins are not yet done jerking around managers and potential managers and thus will interview Padres’ bench coach Ted Simmons for the skipper gig after the season is over. Simmons has never managed full time before, but he has yo-yo’d all over major league organizational charts. He was the Pirates’…
Jul 20, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT
That according to SportsBusiness Daily, which surveyed oodles of sports business professionals. The list ended up breaking down thusly: 1. Derek Jeter2. Albert Pujols3. Joe Mauer4. Stephen Strasburg5. Ryan Howard6. Evan Longoria7. Tim Lincecum8. David Wright9. Alex Rodriguez10. Dustin Pedroia/Torii Hunter I’ll accept that list at face value, but I can’t help but think that…
Jul 20, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT
Yahoo!’s Tim Brown reports that the Dodgers — previously thought to be unable or unwilling to do anything at the deadline — have been “very aggressive” in pursuit of pitching, making calls about Dan Haren, Roy Oswalt, Ted Lilly, Jake Westbrook and Fausto Carmona. Brown also reports that the Dodgers are interested in the eleventeen…
Jul 20, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT
The Tigers are suffering through a nightmare losing streak right now, and it just got worse: Brandon Inge broke a bone in his left hand after getting smacked with a Scott Feldman pitch last night and the third baseman is going to miss 4-6 weeks. In a season when the Tigers are suffering from multiple…
Jul 20, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT
Dead arm? Fuzzy head? Injury? No matter the case, the Mets need Mike Pelfrey to figure it out — fast.
Jul 20, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT
Joe Cowley of the Sun Times reports that the Chicago White Sox have “spent the last few days trying desperately to pry Adam Dunn from the grasps of the Washington Nationals.” Cowley’s source says Kenny Williams has offered “anyone and anything he has in the minor leagues in a package,” but that Nat’s GM Mike…
Jul 20, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT
McCarver calls Saturday’s comments “inappropriate” but then says something arguably creepier.
Jul 20, 2010, 5:58 AM EDT
Lots of soggy, steamy rain-delayed games. Lots of pitchers getting beat up. Methinks the dog days are upon us.
Jul 19, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT
I was never a fan of J.P. Ricciardi the general manager, but I think I can get behind J.P. the talking head. He was on WEEI today, and said a couple of interesting things. First, on PEDs: We had a suspicion of who all of a sudden got bigger, who got stronger, I mean I…
Jul 19, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT
That’s what Buster Olney says one of his “talent evaluator” sources is saying. If it’s true it might explain things like the Reds exhuming the corpse of Jason Isringhausen for a tryout and the Mets giving Oliver Perez a job as a lefty specialist. Still, there are some relievers out there who may be worth…
Jul 19, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT
I’m still not sure what to make sure of these “Team X is scouting Player Y” reports we’ve seen so many of this summer, simply because we don’t really have a baseline for judging how much scouting happens in the normal course. Maybe some teams have guys at everyone’s games, at least periodically, to fill…
Jul 19, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT
Based on today’s report from MLB.com’s Mark Bowman, it’s pretty clear that the Braves are going to make one more move before the trade deadline, in all likelihood for an outfielder: When McLouth was sidelined on June 9 with a concussion, he was hitting just .176 with a .295 on-base percentage. In the seven rehab…
Jul 19, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox are talking to the Rockies about Chris Iannetta. Rosenthal doesn’t see it going anywhere and neither do I, really. I know the Sox are hurt now, but sometime soon they’re going to have Victor Martinez and Jason Vairtek back and not a lot of room for a third,…
Jul 19, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT
AOL’s Ed Price says that the Yankees and the Red Sox have “a big time interest” in Blue Jays’ reliever Scott Downs. And he’s definitely interesting. He has a 2.56 ERA in 38.2 innings, and has a K/BB ratio of 30/8. Both the Yankees and the Red Sox could use some bullpen help, but it’s…
Jul 19, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT
A slight twist this week: instead of summarizing where the teams are, I list what the teams need. Be it at the trade deadline or otherwise.
Jul 19, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT
That’s what Buster Olney is saying the Marlins are saying. And I can only think that the reason the Marlins are saying that is because the Braves — a division and geographic rival — are the team that has been mentioned with the greatest interest in the Ross. Don’t get me wrong, Ross is a…
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