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  1. Yankees promote top pitching prospect Manny Banuelos to Triple-A

    Jul 31, 2011, 12:36 PM EDT

    Manny Banuelos

    This may not be the Yankees’ biggest move of the day, but it is notable that the club promoted its top pitching prospect, left-hander Manny Banuelos, to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday. Banuelos, who becomes the International League’s youngest player at age 20, was 4-5 with a 3.59 ERA and a 94/52 K/BB ratio in 95 1/3 innings…

  2. Update: Nationals NOT about to deal Todd Coffey

    Jul 31, 2011, 12:06 PM EDT

    Todd Coffey

    Update: Nevermind that, apparently.  Kilgore just tweeted that he received some bad information and that no Coffey deal is imminent. /// This probably isn’t the trade for a center fielder the Nats have been aiming for, but the Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore hears that the Nationals are about to deal Todd Coffey. Coffey, 30, was signed…

  3. Astros should have done better for Michael Bourn

    Jul 31, 2011, 11:57 AM EDT

    Michael Bourn

    I was impressed with Houston’s return for Hunter Pence.  By all indications, Astros GM Ed Wade did a nice job of playing the suitors off each other and he ended up with a pair of top-50 prospects from the Phillies for his troubles. The Michael Bourn trade with Atlanta was also a four-for-one deal, but in…

  4. Orioles ship Derrek Lee to Pittsburgh for Aaron Baker

    Jul 30, 2011, 11:38 PM EDT

    Derrek Lee

    As we hinted a few hours ago, the Pirates are getting a first baseman. The Orioles have sent Derrek Lee to the Pirates for fellow first baseman Aaron Baker, a 2009 11th-round pick hitting .285/.353/.474 with 15 homers for Single-A Bradenton this season. Lee was always movable for the Orioles, but Baltimore pretty much had to…

  5. Giants get Orlando Cabrera from Indians

    Jul 30, 2011, 11:05 PM EDT

    Orlando Cabrera

    The Indians are definitely doing more adding than subtracting at the moment, but they’ve decided Orlando Cabrera is expendable and they traded him to the Giants for outfielder Thomas Neal. Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com and Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle had the initial reports. Cabrera had hit just .244/.277/.321 while serving as the…

  6. Indians go all in with Ubaldo Jimenez acquisition

    Jul 30, 2011, 9:40 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    After selling off CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee in recent years, the Indians actually went out and got an ace this time, trading LHP Drew Pomeranz, RHP Alex White, 1B Matt McBride and RHP Joe Gardner for Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez. The deal certainly carries some risk.  Jimenez was the game’s best pitcher during the first half…

  7. Ubaldo Jimenez starts for Rockies with rumors swirling

    Jul 30, 2011, 6:34 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    With less than 22 hours to go before the trade deadline, Ubaldo Jimenez is in San Diego and ready to make his start Saturday night for the Rockies. YES Network’s Jack Curry and SI.com’s Jon Heyman are both reporting that the Rockies are asking for catcher Jesus Montero, right-hander Dellin Betances and right-hander Ivan Nova…

  8. Koji Uehara a better fit for Rangers than Heath Bell

    Jul 30, 2011, 5:53 PM EDT

    Koji Uehara

    The Rangers needed a reliever, not a closer, and they got one of the game’s best setup men from the Orioles when they traded Chris Davis and Tommy Hunter for Koji Uehara and $2 million on Saturday. Uehara has a 2.27 ERA and a remarkable 117/13 K/BB ratio in 91 innings since the Orioles shifted…

  9. Diamondbacks to acquire Jason Marquis from the Nationals

    Jul 30, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    Jason Marquis

    UPDATE: ESPN’s Jim Bowden reports that the Nationals will receive prospect shortstop Zach Walters from Arizona. The Diamondbacks are expected to cover the $2.47 million left on Marquis’ contract. Walters, 21, is batting .302/.377/.485 with nine homers, 56 RBI and 12 stolen bases over 412 plate appearances with Class A South Bend this season. Baseball…

  10. Michael Bourn rumors intensify; Braves getting ‘more involved’

    Jul 30, 2011, 4:08 PM EDT

    Michael Bourn

    The Astros might as well continue remaking the team after trading Hunter Pence to Philadelphia, so Michael Bourn could be the next to go.  ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick claims the “Astros’ efforts to move Bourn are picking up steam,” while FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports the Braves are getting “more involved.” Bourn is hitting .304/.364/.405 this season,…

  11. Derek Holland has as many shutouts this year as Andy Pettitte did in his career

    Jul 30, 2011, 3:58 PM EDT

    Derek Holland

    Rangers left-hander Derek Holland pitched a four-hitter in a 3-0 win over the Blue Jays for his fourth shutout in his last 11 starts. He matched Cliff Lee for the major league lead with four shutouts this season, and he has as many shutouts in two months as possible Hall of Famer Andy Pettitte did in 16 seasons. Even…

  12. Red Sox acquire infielder Mike Aviles from Royals

    Jul 30, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

    Mike Aviles

    Worried about their infield depth with Jed Lowrie absent, the Red Sox acquired utilityman Mike Aviles from the Royals for infielder Yamaico Navarro and right-hander Kendal Volz on Saturday. Aviles, who opened the season as the Royals’ primary third baseman, has hit .286/.317/.417 in 1,148 at-bats over the last four seasons.  He’s capable of playing shortstop…

  13. Report: Indians, Padres progressing on Ryan Ludwick talks

    Jul 30, 2011, 3:17 PM EDT

    Ryan Ludwick

    The Indians remain in the market for offensive help after acquiring Kosuke Fukudome and they’re making progress on talks with the Padres regarding Ryan Ludwick, says ESPN.com’s Buster Olney. It’d be Ludwick’s second stint in Cleveland, and the hope is that it’d go better than his first; unable to establish himself because of knee problems,…

  14. Source: Cardinals, Dodgers have deal in place for Rafael Furcal

    Jul 30, 2011, 2:24 PM EDT

    Rafael Furcal

    Update: A source tells our own Craig Calcaterra that the Cardinals and Dodgers have agreed to the particulars in a Furcal deal and that Furcal is leaning toward waiving his no-trade protection to go to St. Louis. /// The shortstop market is barren, but the Cardinals appear interested in taking a chance on the one…

  15. Tigers may be underwhelmed by Doug Fister, David Pauley

    Jul 30, 2011, 12:43 PM EDT

    Doug Fister

    The Tigers tried this on deadline day two years ago when they sent two youngsters to Seattle for Jarrod Washburn.  At the time, Washburn had a 2.64 ERA and a 79/33 K/BB ratio in 133 innings for the Mariners. As it turned out, Washburn was a major bust in Detroit, going 1-3 with a 7.33 ERA in…

  16. Some more Pence-ive thoughts

    Jul 30, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    So, a few people disagreed with my take on the Hunter Pence trade.  And that’s pretty understandable.  When you’re a contender and you have a chance to get an All-Star caliber player for A-ball prospects, sometimes you just have to pull the trigger. My opinion is that the Phillies should have been able to get…

  17. Phillies pay heavy price for overvalued Hunter Pence

    Jul 29, 2011, 11:18 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    The Phillies got their middle-of-the-order hitter Friday, picking up two-time All-Star Hunter Pence from the Astros for first baseman Jonathan Singleton, RHP Jarred Cosart, RHP Josh Zeid and a still undisclosed fourth player. It’s the right-handed bat the Phillies felt they needed to slot in behind Chase Utley and Ryan Howard in the order.  Pence,…

  18. Phillies acquire Hunter Pence from Astros

    Jul 29, 2011, 8:50 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    10:00 p.m EDT update: CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury confirms the deal, with the Phillies giving up Singleton, Cosart, pitching prospect Josh Reid and a fourth player still to be determined for Pence. 9:00 p.m. EDT update: Rosenthal reports that the Astros will get first baseman Jonathan Singleton, right-hander Jarred Cosart and two players to be named…

  19. Hideki Irabu’s death confirmed to be a suicide

    Jul 29, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

    Hideki Irabu

    The Los Angeles County coroner’s office confirmed to The Associated Press that Hideki Irabu committed suicide by hanging himself. The 42-year-old former Yankees pitcher dd not leave a note. Assistant Coroner Chief Ed Winter says a friend found Irabu dead in his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Rancho Palos Verdes on Wednesday afternoon.…

  20. Rosenthal: Tigers willing to part with No. 1 prospect for Ubaldo Jimenez

    Jul 29, 2011, 8:04 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal says the Tigers have strong interest in Ubaldo Jimenez and that they’re willing to give up their most prized minor leaguer to get him. That minor leaguer would be 20-year-old Jacob Turner, who has gone 3-5 with a 3.48 ERA and a 90/32 K/BB ratio in 113 2/3 innings for Double-A Erie…

  21. Shortstop now the priority for St. Louis

    Jul 29, 2011, 7:37 PM EDT

    Ryan Theriot

    After addressing their rotation and the bullpen with Wednesday’s Colby Rasmus swap, the Cardinals are looking for shortstop help, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  He hears that a move is likely and that it could be a “difference-maker.” Of course, there isn’t really much for difference makers on the shortstop market. …

  22. Nate McLouth joins Jordan Schafer on DL for Braves

    Jul 29, 2011, 6:45 PM EDT

    Nate McLouth

    Atlanta is down its top two center fielders after Nate McLouth was placed on the disabled list Friday due to a lower abdominal strain. Jordan Schafer was previously placed on the DL on Wednesday because of a chip fracture in his left middle finger. Taking McLouth’s place on the roster and making his major league…

  23. Aramis Ramirez shuts the door on trade rumors

    Jul 29, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez

    After weeks of talk that he’d use his no-trade clause to block any deal out of Chicago, Aramis Ramirez appeared to leave the door open for a deal on Thursday by saying “if they’re looking to rebuild, I can’t fit in, so we’ll see.” On Friday, though, he removed any doubt about his desire to remain…

  24. After 87 strikeouts and three homers, Jack Cust gets the boot

    Jul 29, 2011, 6:13 PM EDT

    Jack Cust

    A colossal flop as Seattle’s designated hitter, Jack Cust was designated for assignment Friday to make room for Erik Bedard on the roster. Cust had just three homers and 23 RBI in 225 at-bats for the Mariners.  He was getting on base at a .344 clip, but his slugging percentage of .329 was barely above…

  25. GM Walt Jocketty says Reds won’t be sellers

    Jul 29, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Ramon Hernandez

    Even after getting swept at home in a four-game series by the Mets and falling five games under .500, the Reds won’t be sellers, GM Walt Jocketty said Friday. Jocketty also worked to dispel the notion that the Reds could trade Ramon Hernandez while trying to stay in the race.  According to John Fay, Jocketty…

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