Jul 29, 2010, 10:22 AM EST
Gary Shelton of the St. Petersburg Times has a column today in which he argues that Fred McGriff is being penalized in the Hall of Fame voting because he didn’t take steroids and thus didn’t have big gonzo cartoon power numbers. At the outset, let me note that I think Fred McGriff should be inducted…
Jul 29, 2010, 9:59 AM EST
Jim from Halos Heaven alerted me to something I hadn’t noticed: While with the Angels, Joe Saunders wore uniform number 51, but now that he’s with the Diamondbacks he has changed his number to 34, which was Nick Adenhart’s number. He hasn’t said anything in public about it since the trade, but the assumption is…
Jul 29, 2010, 9:11 AM EST
Joel Sherman reports that while the Mets have engaged in conversations with the Cubs about Ted Lilly, it’s now “very doubtful” that they’ll be able to do a deal for him. The sticking point: the Mets don’t want to pay the $4 million or so he’s owed for the rest of the year plus give…
Jul 29, 2010, 8:44 AM EST
As Drew noted last night, there’s a deal in place between the Phillies and the Astros for Roy Oswalt. Everyone is now waiting for Oswalt’s decision on his no trade clause. I have some thoughts on that (see below) but in the meantime, let’s speculate about what the deal may look like, assuming it goes…
Jul 29, 2010, 5:58 AM EST
Domonic Brown debuts, Jason Heyward steals home and Brandon Phillips hits one way the hell up to Bernie Brewers’ slide.
Jul 28, 2010, 6:29 PM EST
Brett Myers is cheaper than Roy Oswalt and — at least lately — he’s been better. It stands to reason then that the Astros are more likely to trade Brett Myers than Oswalt before the clock strikes four this Saturday. And that’s what Phil Rogers is saying, based on the word of a scout. Which…
Jul 28, 2010, 5:59 PM EST
After my post about Joakim Soria’s no-trade clause keeping him from the Yankees yesterday, many of you responded with “sure, but wouldn’t he want the chance to play on a winner? That would trump the saves!” Answer: no it wouldn’t. Jon Paul Morosi: Soria’s $6 million contract option for 2012 will vest automatically with 55…
Jul 28, 2010, 5:28 PM EST
Buster Olney just tweeted that Ben Sheets may have a torn flexor tendon. That’s the same injury that cost him all of 2009. If that’s the case, you have to think that his career is in serious jeopardy. Yes, he rehabbed last time, but it was brutal. Surgery took place in February 2009 with an…
Jul 28, 2010, 4:59 PM EST
UPDATE: Not so fast. I had missed this, but last week Jon Paul Morosi reported that Ted Lilly’s 10-team no-trade clause includes the Phillies. Whether he’s more adamant about not going to Philly than Roy Oswalt seems to be is an open question, but it’s not like this would be a slam dunk or anything.…
Jul 28, 2010, 4:30 PM EST
Scott Podsednik is not the stuff that dreams are made of, but (a) he’s pretty cheap; and (b) the Dodgers are staring down the barrel of “Garret Anderson: starting left fielder” if they don’t get someone to replace Manny Ramirez, so I guess it’s kind of understandable that L.A. is pushing hard to get Podsednik…
Jul 28, 2010, 3:58 PM EST
Today Tiffany and I look at where some of the top guys may be going. We somehow didn’t get to Scott Podsednik.
Jul 28, 2010, 3:28 PM EST
Major League Baseball has suspended Jim Leyland for a game for no good reason and a whole lot of bad ones.
Jul 28, 2010, 2:58 PM EST
Jon Heyman tweets* that the Rangers have joined the White Sox and Angels as teams who have made inquiries about Prince Fielder. How on Earth the Rangers could possibly justify taking on Prince Fielder’s salary obligations is beyond me. There was enough beefing about Cliff Lee and he makes pennies compared to Fielder, who is…
Jul 28, 2010, 2:27 PM EST
Shane Victorino’s oblique injury has landed him on the disabled list and to take his slot on the roster is one Domonic Brown: super prospect. Brown has tore his way through the minor leagues this year, hitting .318/.391/.602 in 271 plate appearances at AA and .346/.390/.561 in 118 plate appearances at AAA. He’s 22. He’s…
Jul 28, 2010, 2:01 PM EST
They talked with Houston, but they obviously didn’t like what they were hearing: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cardinals are no longer involved with discussions for Roy Oswalt. The latest: Rosenthal says that the Phillies are able to meet what Houston is demanding in return for Oswalt, but that (a) the price still may be…
Jul 28, 2010, 1:29 PM EST
This is over a week old but I totally missed it. It’s ESPN’s E:60 story about the person who may be the best little league pitcher in the country: She registered another perfect pitching record this year, 12-0, for her Little League team. She threw her second perfect game — and predicted this one just…
Jul 28, 2010, 1:00 PM EST
Fans are crying up in Oakland. I hear campaign slogans in San Jose. Commissioner of mine, I think it’s time you told the Giants what everyone seems to know.
Jul 28, 2010, 12:25 PM EST
Our daily look at a few of the day’s more intriguing matchups. Well, we talk about a Royals game this time, but you get the idea.
Jul 28, 2010, 12:01 PM EST
I know. This is a bit of a bombshell. You may want to take a slug of something strong before trying to get your mind around it.
Jul 28, 2010, 11:30 AM EST
Behold the wisdom of The Donkey.
Jul 28, 2010, 11:01 AM EST
The best screen cap you’re going to see all day comes courtesy of Flip Flip Fly Ballin’. I’m sure a night like Tejada had on Monday is going to totally stoke his trade value. C’mon, Detroit! You know you want him! Other wonderfulness from Flip Flop: A series of pixel drawings of baseball greats. Well,…
Jul 28, 2010, 10:30 AM EST
Scott Downs is not the biggest name around, but the Blue Jays’ setup man may be the best reliever available at the moment. And the Jays are apparently asking the moon for him: They told the Yankees it would take Joba Chamberlain and the Red Sox that it would take Casey Kelly or Jose Iglesias.…
Jul 28, 2010, 10:10 AM EST
That’s the word he’s giving the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Given that there’s not much chance Milwaukee could move Hart unless he shows he can hit, and given that the trade deadline is Saturday, you can pretty much kiss any chances of Hart being dealt goodbye. Well, I suppose he could hit for the cycle on Friday…
Jul 28, 2010, 9:40 AM EST
Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks are toying with the idea of using Brandon Webb in the bullpen towards the end of this season. And it would be the end of this season, because he’s still not even pitching against live batters yet in a rehab stint that has lasted nearly…
Jul 28, 2010, 8:50 AM EST
Bats, they are sick. Bats are afraid. I ask Jobu to come, take fear from bats. I offer him bonfire, rum. He will come: [Mark]Kotsay, who is batting .221 and has hit into several line-drive outs, had two of his bats burned in a small fire pit in an effort to change his fortunes. “That…
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