Aug 2, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT
First Corey Hart, now Rickie Weeks? That’s what Tom Haudricourt is saying, anyway. It’s in the discussion stage right now, but Rickie Weeks could be the next Brewer with a mutli-year deal. Weeks is having a great year –.276/.375/.488 this year with 22 home runs — but like Hart, we’re probably seeing the top of…
Aug 2, 2010, 2:57 PM EDT
With the trade deadline in our rear view mirror, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank the citizens of the HBT Multiverse* for clicking in and reading us as the rumors went wild and the news nuggets flew these past couple of weeks. Traffic was through the roof in July. That’s nice, but even…
Aug 2, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT
Get me trying to put a brave face on the Braves moves.
Aug 2, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT
In which the Seattle Mariners are compared to 1980s NWA jobber extraordinaire, George South.
Aug 2, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT
The Reds have been in need of an extra bullpen arm for a while this season, and whenever people have started talking about that need, the talk has turned to Aroldis Chapman. At first he was off limits because he was starting. And then, after being moved the bullpen he was seen as a non-option…
Aug 2, 2010, 11:54 AM EDT
I always wondered what happened to interim managers when they were replaced. You always hear about them being reassigned and stuff, but I had always assumed that was a euphemism for what I suspect really happened to them: getting rolled up in a carpet and dumped in a ravine someplace. In light of that, I’ve…
Aug 2, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT
At least for a little while. If you buy tickets to home game between today and Sunday, the Pirates will waive all service fees. Nice gesture. And given that (a) it really is a great park; and (b) you’re guaranteed to see at least one major league team during any Pirates game, it’s a great…
Aug 2, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT
If you read nothing but the New York tabloids you’d think that Lance Berkman was some reality show contestant rather than an accomplished and experienced major leaguer.
Aug 2, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT
The Chad Qualls trade was a head scratcher at the time, but it was explained later in the day on Saturday when it was revealed that Rays’ setup man Grant Balfour was injured. Turns out that injury, however, was pretty preventable: he got it while “messing around . . . wrestling, in a way” with…
Aug 2, 2010, 10:06 AM EDT
UPDATE: Buster tweets that Hart’s extension is for $26.5 million over three years. 9:30 A.M.: The subject of trade rumors for weeks, Corey Hart remained a Brewer after Saturday’s deadline hit. And he’ll remain a Brewer for some time into the future as well, given that Milwaukee just announced that Hart has agreed to a…
Aug 2, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT
When the Cubs and Dodgers were hammering out the Ted Lilly trade over the weekend, GM Jim Hendry asked for the input from his assistant, Greg Maddux. According to the Chicago Tribune, Maddux gave the thumbs up to the team acquiring Blake DeWitt. On the one hand: cool. Maddux is The Man, I would love…
Aug 2, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox nearly had a deal in place on Friday that would have had Mike Lowell going to the Yankees. Not directly — the Rangers would have been used as an intermediary in a three-way trade — but for all practical purposes it would have been a Yankees-Red Sox trade. …
Aug 2, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT
It’s a long quote of the day, but it’s well worth your time. Buster nails it.
Aug 2, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT
Given how nutso Saturday was, you’re forgiven if you took yesterday off from following baseball, even if we didn’t.
Aug 2, 2010, 5:00 AM EDT
A dark cloud looms over Jerry Manuel and the Mets.
Jul 31, 2010, 4:41 PM EDT
In addition to announcing the Ankiel and Farnsworth trade, the Kansas City Royals just announced that they have given Ned Yost a two-year contract extension. I like this move, really. Ned Yost is not John McGraw, but he’s what this team needs right now. Both as a manager — he has a track record of…
Jul 31, 2010, 4:39 PM EDT
It went down to the wire with big talk from lots of people, but at the end of the day Adam Dunn remains a National. He’ll be in the lineup tonight against the Phillies. There’s little chance that Dunn would get traded in August on a waiver deal, it seems. Yes, he makes a lot…
Jul 31, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT
Not content to acquire an awful player from the Royals at the deadline, the Braves got two! Rick Ankiel and Kyle Farnsworth. In exchange, the Braves give up reliever Jesse Chavez, outfielder Gregor Blanco and prospect Tim Collins, who just came over from the Blue Jays in the Yunel Escobar deal. [composing myself] Ankiel hasn’t…
Jul 31, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT
The Yankees traded for Indians’ closer Kerry Wood. They gave up a player to be named later (right now I think half the Indians’ roster consists of players to be named later) and — get this — the Indians kicked cash into the deal. How on Earth the Yankees are convincing teams like the Indians…
Jul 31, 2010, 3:21 PM EDT
This is still only at the random chatter stage, but I’ve seen a couple of people in the Twitterverse who work and/or talk with people who Know Things — the latest being Brent Gambill of MLB Network Radio — say that the Braves are talking to the Red Sox about Jacoby Ellsbury. I could talk…
Jul 31, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT
I have it on the most reliable authority that impatient Braves fans are wanting Frank Wren to add a bat before the trade deadline hits in an hour and change. Likewise, unless “add Edwin Jackson” was at the top of every White Sox fan’s list this week, partisans of the pale hose are still waiting…
Jul 31, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT
The Ludwick trade left a team that was already one bat light two bats light, but Joe Strauss of the Post-Dispatch is saying that Cardinals’ executives he’s talking to haven’t ruled out adding another bat today. I’m not sure how to feel about the “won’t rule out” stories we’ve seen so much of lately. It…
Jul 31, 2010, 1:37 PM EDT
Before you get too excited for news of the Mets making a big, big trade deadline splash, you may want to read this: New York Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon was sued on Friday over alleged losses suffered by retirement plan participants at his firm Sterling Equities. The complaint filed Friday in Manhattan federal court…
Jul 31, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT
The Cardinals, Indians and Padres make a big deal. But does this really help St. Louis?
Jul 31, 2010, 12:04 PM EDT
UPDATE: Harmonic convergence between the Westbrook and Ludwick rumors. It’s a three-way deal. The Padres get Ryan Ludwick. The Cardinals get Jake Westbrook and a prospect from the Padres. The Indians get prospects only, one of whom is known to be AA pitcher Corey Kluber. Tom Krasovic says it’s done all except for the union…
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