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  1. The Dodgers have some interest in Jimmy Rollins

    Jul 16, 2012, 9:30 PM EST

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    We’ve heard the Dodgers connected to Cole Hamels and Shane Victorino in recent weeks, but it seems they are also considering another player on the Phillies’ roster. Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com is reporting that the Dodgers have “some interest” in shortstop Jimmy Rollins. It’s not clear whether the Phillies are seriously considering parting with their…

  2. Jonathan Lucroy on track to begin minor league rehab assignment Thursday

    Jul 16, 2012, 8:30 PM EST

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    Jonathan Lucroy was off to a surprising start before suffering a fracture in his right hand almost two months ago. But he’s inching closer to rejoining the Brewers’ lineup. According to Brewers’ media relations director Mike Vassallo, Lucroy is tentatively scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with Class A Wisconsin. Lucroy began…

  3. Chris Nelson hospitalized with irregular heartbeat

    Jul 16, 2012, 7:53 PM EST

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    Scary news to pass along, as the Rockies just announced that infielder Chris Nelson was admitted to a local hospital today and is undergoing tests for an irregular heartbeat. Nelson, a first-round pick of Colorado back in 2004, is hitting .256/.324/.411 with five home runs, 23 RBI and a .735 OPS in 58 games with…

  4. Joey Votto to undergo knee surgery Tuesday, out at least three weeks

    Jul 16, 2012, 7:31 PM EST

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    The Reds entered tonight’s action one game in front of the Pirates in the National League Central, but they’ll have to get by without their best hitter for a while. The Reds just announced that Joey Votto will undergo surgery tomorrow to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. He’s expected to miss the…

  5. Mariano Rivera is aiming to pitch in September

    Jul 16, 2012, 7:18 PM EST

    Mariano Rivera

    Even though the blood clot in his leg delayed his ACL surgery, Mariano Rivera is still hoping he can make it back in time to pitch for the Yankees during the final month of the season. “That’s my goal,” Rivera said on Michael Kay’s radio show Monday. “Definitely, that’s my goal. I’m not thinking about…

  6. Ozzie Guillen says Bryce Harper ‘might not make it’

    Jul 16, 2012, 6:53 PM EST

    Ozzie Guillen

    Ozzie Guillen isn’t over being disrepected by Bryce Harper during Sunday’s game. Not even close. CSN Washington’s Mark Zuckerman has the quotes from Guillen’s rant prior to Monday’s game. “I like this kid,” Guillen said. “I think this kid is good for baseball. He’s going to be better. But if this kid continues to do…

  7. Rockies lose right-hander Juan Nicasio for rest of season

    Jul 16, 2012, 6:37 PM EST

    Juan Nicasio

    This one isn’t nearly as scary as last year’s, but the Rockies have lost Juan Nicasio to a season-ending injury for the season straight campaign. Nicasio, who missed the final two months of last year with a broken neck and fractured skull after taking a line drive to the head on Aug. 5, will miss…

  8. The Red Sox tell Bill James to stop commenting on Joe Paterno

    Jul 16, 2012, 6:14 PM EST

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    After a weekend in which Bill James repeatedly embarrassed himself with ill-informed and ill-advised comments about Joe Paterno and the Penn State scandal, his employer — the Boston Red Sox — have told him to stop: This afternoon, Red Sox Principal Owner John Henry and Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington spoke to Bill James regarding…

  9. Report: Red Sox aggressively pursuing Ryan Dempster

    Jul 16, 2012, 6:03 PM EST

    Ryan Dempster

    A source told ESPN’s Buster Olney that the Red Sox are aggressively pursuing the Cubs’ Ryan Dempster in a bid to shore up their rotation. The Red Sox have already worked out one deal this year with their former employees in Chicago (team president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer), but the Marlon Byrd…

  10. Juan Carlos Oviedo out indefinitely with sprained elbow

    Jul 16, 2012, 5:41 PM EST

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    Juan Carlos Oviedo is eligible to return from his eight-week suspension for identity fraud on July 23, but the reliever formerly known as Leo Nunez won’t be ready to rejoin the Marlins’ bullpen by then because he’s been diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Oviedo suffered the injury while working…

  11. Report: The Phillies to offer Hamels $120 million. It still won’t be enough.

    Jul 16, 2012, 5:01 PM EST

    Cole Hamels

    I expect we’ll get a lot of this in the coming weeks then, when Hamels doesn’t sign an extension, it will go quiet. Then, when it comes to free agent time, the numbers will be higher. But for the time being, Jon Heyman reports: The Phillies are said to be planning to offer at least…

  12. Agent fights back against “gutless people” ripping Justin Upton anonymously

    Jul 16, 2012, 4:49 PM EST

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    Trade rumors are swirling around Justin Upton and his agent, Larry Reynolds, is upset about what he feels are anonymous attacks being made against the Diamondbacks outfielder through the media. Reynolds told Bob Nightengale of USA Today that trade rumors “are part of the business” and something Upton understands, but “what I don’t like are…

  13. The Red Sox designate Brent Lillibridge for assignment

    Jul 16, 2012, 4:30 PM EST

    Brent Lillibridge

    The initial significance of the news that the Red Sox are going to designate Brent Lillibridge for assignment: that makes room for Carl Crawford on the 40-man roster. The larger significance: it means that the Red Sox effectively traded Kevin Youkilis for a 25 year-old minor league pitcher in Zach Stewart. Makes me wonder why…

  14. MLB teams spent $208 million signing draft picks this year

    Jul 16, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

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    Jim Callis of Baseball America crunched the (preliminary) numbers and reports that MLB teams combined to spend approximately $208 million signing draft picks this year. That’s obviously an incredible amount of money, but Callis notes that teams spent around $236 million on draft picks last year. Part of the decrease comes from this year’s draft…

  15. The White Sox are reportedly interested in Zack Greinke

    Jul 16, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

    Zack Greinke

    Jon Heyman says that according to “sources” — god, I love mid-to-late July! — the White Sox are interested in Zack Greinke. No word on how serious it is or what they’d offer, but Greinke would certainly help them out.  The Sox’ rotation looks good at first blush with Chris Sale, Jack Peavy and Jose…

  16. Gavin Floyd scratched from tonight’s start with elbow injury

    Jul 16, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

    Gavin Floyd

    Gavin Floyd won’t make his scheduled start tonight against the Red Sox because of forearm and elbow soreness, but Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago reports that an MRI exam showed no structural damage and for now at least he’ll remain on the active roster. Dylan Axelrod will make the spot start in place of Floyd…

  17. John Smoltz’s solution to the Strasburg innings limit: he should fake injuries

    Jul 16, 2012, 3:02 PM EST

    Stephen Strasburg

    There’s no ideal way to handle the Stephen Strasburg situation. At least not since GM Mike Rizzo made it loud and clear that, yes, the Nats were going to cap his innings come hell, highwater or a playoff race. But John Smoltz has an idea. He told ESPN radio’s Scott Van Pelt what he’d do…

  18. Justin Upton can block trades to the Yankees, Red Sox, Indians and Cubs

    Jul 16, 2012, 2:31 PM EST

    Justin Upton

    I didn’t know this, but apparently Justin Upton has a limited no-trade clause.  And there are four teams on it, reports Ken Rosenthal: the Yankees, the Red Sox, the Cubs and … the Indians. That’s interesting. I get the first three. Big media markets with big, oftentimes hostile media members. But Cleveland? Man, all I…

  19. Brandon Inge has turned back into a pumpkin

    Jul 16, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

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    Brandon Inge got released by the Tigers in late April, signed with the A’s, and suddenly starting smacking homers in bunches, leading to all sorts of fawning words being written as if the past five years hadn’t happened and he was simply back to being a productive regular at age 35. Inge’s power surge lasted…

  20. Heyman: the Yankees have talked to Philly about Shane Victorino

    Jul 16, 2012, 2:01 PM EST

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    While most of us assume that the Yankees are all about the pitching at the trade deadline, Jon Heyman tells us that isn’t so: They’ve talked to the Phillies about Shane Victorino and the Diamondbacks about Justin Upton, but Upton is a major long shot for them and right now they see the price tag…

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