Jul 31, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT
Buster Oleny offers one of his famous “heard this” tweets to the effect of the Blue Jays not really being interested in moving Jose Bautista. The thinking is that he’s killing it, Blue Jays fans are getting into it, and he’s likely only to get an arbitration award in the $6 million range, so why…
Jul 31, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT
I’m not used to posting recaps on a Saturday, so apologies if it’s not up to it’s usual level of quality. There is an “Arrested Development” thing buried in here, though, so there’s that.
Jul 31, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT
There’s a new bidder in the Texas Rangers auction: News Corp., the parent company of FOX and FOX Sports, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. They want a chance to own the team, it appears, in order to protect their broadcasting rights to the Rangers, whose games air on FOX Sports Southwest. This seems rather ridiculous…
Jul 31, 2010, 8:17 AM EDT
I really can’t stand stuff like this blog post from Jeff Pearlman, in which he opines that Lance Berkman won’t be able to hack it in New York. The argument basically boils down to this: Berkman is a great clubhouse guy and a total pro, but he’s a “country dude” who is “an off-the-charts right-winger,”…
Jul 31, 2010, 7:16 AM EDT
The Diamondbacks are on the verge of sending reliever Chad Qualls to the Rays in exchange for a player to be named later. Chad Qualls is 1-4 with an 8.51 ERA and has a salary of over $4 million this year. Word is that the Rays are picking up all that’s left of the salary.…
Jul 30, 2010, 6:07 PM EDT
The fact that I’ve been the only person on the planet dropping references to Cody Ross in trade rumor stories these last few days is a testament to the ability of one’s fandom to overtake one’s objectivity from time to time. Intellectually I know that the Marlins aren’t really shopping him and that even if…
Jul 30, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT
Scott Downs has been the best reliever available since the trade deadline Bacchanalia began, but Jayson Stark is now saying that he’s likely not going anywhere. Why? Mostly because the Blue Jays have continued to ask a hell of a lot for him. They may just keep him, he says, and go to arbitration with…
Jul 30, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT
Though there are a couple of dissenters, multiple other sources are reporting that the Pirates and Padres are nearing a deal for Pirates’ started Paul Maholm. Tim Brown at Yahoo! just said that the teams were “close.” I”m never sure what to make of these types of conflicts. It seems easier to assume that some…
Jul 30, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT
This column from Anthony Schafer at The Riverfront Times — analyzing his pitching moves on one recent night — basically records and replays my inner monologue every time I watch a game managed by Tony La Russa: This isn’t just about two players; this is about who is really important in winning and losing. What…
Jul 30, 2010, 4:06 PM EDT
The general consensus immediately after the Oswalt deal was announced yesterday was that the Astros got hosed. Then, after some time, more and more voices spoke up saying, “hey, don’t you think that if there was a better deal out there the Astros would have taken it?” Well, maybe not, because Joel Sherman reports that…
Jul 30, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT
For a team that’s going to be auctioned on the courthouse steps next week, the Rangers sure are active little buggers this summer, aren’t they? First it was Cliff Lee, then Bengie Molina, then Jorge Cantu. This afternoon they picked up Cristian Guzman from the Nationals for a couple of prospects whose names (a) we…
Jul 30, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT
We’ve been waiting all afternoon to hear something new from the White Sox, who many people suspect are going to flip the newly-acquired Edwin Jackson to the Nationals for Adam Dunn. The latest comes from USA Today’s Bob Nightengale: the Sox currently have Jackson in a proposed package for Dunn. Nightengale adds that if the…
Jul 30, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT
You may or may not recall that Braves rookie reliever Jonny Venters was handed a four-game suspension for plunking Prince Fielder a couple of weeks ago. He appealed, and the smart money had that appeal getting his suspension reduce to two games or something because that’s how those things always go. Turns out, however, that…
Jul 30, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT
His first night in the joint, the Intentional Vomiter cost me two packs of cigarettes. He never made a sound.
Jul 30, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT
In which I try to convince myself that the Phillies are no better with Oswalt. I don’t do a very good job of it.
Jul 30, 2010, 12:57 PM EDT
Tim Brown from Yahoo! just tweeted that Edwin Jackson was just told that he was traded to the White Sox. In court that would be inadmissible hearsay. In trade rumor land it’s basically gold. My bestest buddy Jon Heyman reports that the Diamondbacks are getting starter Daniel Hudson and prospect David Holmberg in return. No…
Jul 30, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT
A rare glimpse into the silliness of following the trade deadline on Twitter.
Jul 30, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT
You know it’s trade deadline season when I don’t even have the time to make up some tasty bit of innuendo out of a headline like that! Anyway, the rumor: Ken Rosenthal talks to a “rival executive” who says that the Yankees are still really wanting Adam Dunn, and that their chatter in recent days…
Jul 30, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT
For your trade deadline obsessing pleasure: links to breakdowns of all of the available — or merely arguably available — position player talent at the deadline.
Jul 30, 2010, 10:57 AM EDT
The Sun Times’ Joe Cowley says we should all hold our horses on the rumored Edwin Jackson to the White Sox deal: Hold off on the Jackson trade folks, KW has something big cooking and if he gets it done Jackson trade is off. Maybe it’s a play for Dunn directly? Prince Fielder? You’d think…
Jul 30, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT
Inside the social networking mind of a 17 year-old soon-to-be multi-millionaire.
Jul 30, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT
Everyone can get better at the deadline. But who needs it the most?
Jul 30, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT
Howard Megdal takes a look at Mets fan’ relationship with their expensive closer: Francisco Rodriguez has held up his end of the bargain with the New York Mets and their fans. He’s been a good closer, by any reasonable measure: the Mets have called on him again and again to finish off the other guys,…
Jul 30, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT
Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi are reporting that the Dodgers are talking to the Cubs about a trade for Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot. The Dodgers have been connected with just about every pitcher on a “the Dodgers have inquired” basis, but this one may actually have some legs to it. Especially if what…
Jul 30, 2010, 8:05 AM EDT
As always, I think Charlie Manuel says it best.
- Mike Trout hit his 100th career home run to become the youngest member of the 100 HR/100 SB club 7
- Make that two: Alex Rodriguez hits second homer of the night, giving him 658 for his career 24
- Alex Rodriguez hit his 657th career home run 43
- Let’s all just stare at Kris Bryant’s numbers for a while 27
- And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights 39
- The wait is over: The Cubs are calling up top prospect Kris Bryant on Friday 99
- Carlos Gomez headed to disabled list with hamstring injury 11
- The Commissioner’s Office thinks that the Angels could indeed go after Josh Hamilton under his contract 153
- The Commissioner’s Office thinks that the Angels could indeed go after Josh Hamilton under his contract (153)
- “Why Ted Cruz is like the Atlanta Braves” (150)
- “We no longer need the terrorists. We’re now so good at terrorizing ourselves.” (143)
- Another argument in favor of making the DH universal (127)
- When it comes to Josh Hamilton, Arte Moreno is a craven opportunist, not a “smart businessman” (116)