Jul 28, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
Behold the wisdom of The Donkey.
Jul 28, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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…
Jul 28, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT
The Daily News caught up with A.J. Burnett yesterday and asked him if he’s re-thinking his pie-in-the-face routine in the wake of Chris Coghlan’s knee injury. The answer: not on your life: “I feel sorry for him. You cant take the fun out of the game, but you have to do it right, I guess.…
Jul 28, 2010, 5:54 AM EDT
In which I describe a nightmare in which all of my baseball demons come to attack me!
Jul 27, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT
Because nothing is easy with Carlos Zambrano, even his apology to his teammates over his meltdown last month is controversial. Why? Because he did it on ESPN last night. That set off Rick Morrissey of the Sun-Times, who called the apology a “stunt” and ripped into Zambrano for not apologizing to the Cubs in person. …
Jul 27, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT
UPDATE: Various earlier tweets from New York reporters had Bay destined for the DL. That hasn’t happened yet, actually, and may not. The word now is that the Mets are going to observe Bay for the next couple of days and see how he does. Bay thinks he won’t be out long, but it’s not…
Jul 27, 2010, 5:03 PM EDT
We’ve heard rumblings this week that there is an increasing riff between the Mariners front office and the coaching staff, including manager Don Wakamatsu. This came up when Chone Figgins was openly defiant of Wakamatsu in the dugout the other day yet wasn’t disciplined in any way. Geoff Baker reports today, however, that the problems…
Jul 27, 2010, 4:28 PM EDT
Nate McLouth has been absolutely terrible since coming off the disabled list, going 1 for 15 with no extra base hits. On the year he’s hitting .178/.279/.265. If there’s a worse regular for a playoff contender I haven’t seen him. Today the Braves said “enough” and optioned him to Triple-A Gwinnett. The Braves don’t have…
Jul 27, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT
The story was that the Nationals were going to take this week to try to get Adam Dunn signed to a contract extension, and if that didn’t work, they’d trade him. Their definition of “try to get Adam Dunn signed to a contract extension” probably needs work, though, because according to Ken Rosenthal, the Nats…
Jul 27, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT
When Ralph Houk died last week I and just about every other person who wrote something about him made mention of the fact that he was a decorated veteran of World War II. I had no idea just how amazing his war record was, however, having only read a few things here or there making…
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