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  1. Report: Blue Jays targeting Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta

    Jul 31, 2011, 1:21 PM EDT

    Chris Iannetta

    The Blue Jays have a rookie catcher with 17 homers this year in J.P. Arencibia, but according to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com, they’re making a run at the Rockies’ Chris Iannetta anyway. As Knobler goes on to say: “Arencibia has power, but scouts say his catching and throwing have both been big problems for Jays.”…

  2. Diamondbacks send Brandon Allen to A’s for Brad Ziegler

    Jul 31, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

    Brad Ziegler

    1:08 p.m. EDT update: MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert reports that the deal is Ziegler for first baseman Brandon Allen and left-hander Jordan Norberto. The move suggests that the Diamondbacks will be calling up Paul Goldschmidt to take over as their primary first baeman.  Allen was filling the role of late and was hitting .172/.351/.483 with three…

  3. Yankees promote top pitching prospect Manny Banuelos to Triple-A

    Jul 31, 2011, 12:36 PM EDT

    Manny Banuelos

    This may not be the Yankees’ biggest move of the day, but it is notable that the club promoted its top pitching prospect, left-hander Manny Banuelos, to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday. Banuelos, who becomes the International League’s youngest player at age 20, was 4-5 with a 3.59 ERA and a 94/52 K/BB ratio in 95 1/3 innings…

  4. Pirates “steamed” Derrek Lee is “taking his time getting here”

    Jul 31, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review just posted an interesting note on Twitter saying: “Privately, folks in Pirates clubhouse are steamed Derrek Lee is taking his time getting here.” Of course, it couldn’t have been all that private if a newspaper reporter knows about it. Biertempfel notes that Hunter Pence took a late-night flight…

  5. Update: Nationals NOT about to deal Todd Coffey

    Jul 31, 2011, 12:06 PM EDT

    Todd Coffey

    Update: Nevermind that, apparently.  Kilgore just tweeted that he received some bad information and that no Coffey deal is imminent. /// This probably isn’t the trade for a center fielder the Nats have been aiming for, but the Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore hears that the Nationals are about to deal Todd Coffey. Coffey, 30, was signed…

  6. Astros should have done better for Michael Bourn

    Jul 31, 2011, 11:57 AM EDT

    Michael Bourn

    I was impressed with Houston’s return for Hunter Pence.  By all indications, Astros GM Ed Wade did a nice job of playing the suitors off each other and he ended up with a pair of top-50 prospects from the Phillies for his troubles. The Michael Bourn trade with Atlanta was also a four-for-one deal, but in…

  7. Yankees aiming to acquire Astros lefty Wandy Rodriguez

    Jul 31, 2011, 11:42 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Houston Astros

    About four hours remain until MLB’s non-waiver trade deadline. And things are really starting to heat up. According to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, the Yankees are “trying for” Astros left-hander Wandy Rodriguez. The ‘Stros have already parted with outfielders Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn, and are now trying to unload the $28 million or so that…

  8. Dodgers to get Alex Castellanos from Cardinals to complete Rafael Furcal trade

    Jul 31, 2011, 11:18 AM EDT

    Alex Castellanos cardinals

    The deal isn’t quite official yet, but Rafael Furcal has waived his 10-and-5 rights and will accept a trade to the Cardinals. As for who the Dodgers will get in return, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Dispatch reports that it’ll be a one-for-one swap with Double-A outfielder Alex Castellanos going to Los Angeles. Castellanos…

  9. UPDATE: chances of a Denard Span deal to the Nats are less than 50-50

    Jul 31, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    storen_drew

    UPDATE: ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian is now reporting that the chances of Storen/Span deal less than 50-50 and that the Nationals may pivot to B.J. Upton in their search for a center fielder.  Are the Nats really that afraid to give up Drew Storen?  Seems kind of nutso to me, but then again, I just work…

  10. Report: Mariners “discussing” Erik Bedard with Cardinals

    Jul 31, 2011, 10:55 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Cleveland Indians

    Apparently not satisfied with adding Edwin Jackson to the rotation the Cardinals are reportedly talking to the Mariners about acquiring Erik Bedard. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com the two sides are “discussing” a deal and “the ball is in the Cardinals’ court.” St. Louis has a full rotation with Jackson joining Chris Carpenter, Jaime…

  11. The addition of Michael Bourn was a masterful move for the Braves

    Jul 31, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Michael Bourn

    Adding Michael Bourn is not going to make the Braves make up five games on the Phillies, but it was a masterful move all the same.  Simply a great trade for Atlanta any way you look at it. First Bourn:  he’s an elite center fielder, obviously.  You can look at the gold gloves if you…

  12. Why did the Yankees end their pursuit of Ubaldo Jimenez?

    Jul 31, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    As recently as yesterday afternoon Tim Kurkjian of ESPN reported that the Yankees were “all over” Ubaldo Jimenez, but once the Rockies ace was traded to the Indians much different details emerged about New York’s interest level. According to Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger the Yankees’ pursuit of Jimenez essentially ended several days…

  13. Braves acquire center fielder Michael Bourn from Astros

    Jul 31, 2011, 9:52 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Forget all that stuff we said earlier. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Braves are on the verge of acquiring outfielder Michael Bourn from the Astros for four minor leaguers. Bourn, 28, has hit .303/.363/.403 this season with 26 doubles and seven triples in 473 plate appearances. He has also tallied 39 stolen bases…

  14. Former Redbirds: Andy Van Slyke rips Colby Rasmus

    Jul 31, 2011, 9:31 AM EDT

    van slyke cardinals

    Colby Rasmus has been in Toronto since Wednesday, but the former first-round pick’s departure remains a hot topic in St. Louis and everyone seems to want to weigh in. Andy Van Slyke, who was also selected in the first round by the Cardinals (back in 1979), was quite critical of the entire situation in a…

  15. The Braves may bring Omar Infante back

    Jul 31, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Cameron Maybin, Omar Infante

    UPDATE:  Buster Olney says that a lot of teams have called the Marlins about Infante and that, at the moment, no one is really close, including Atlanta. Upshot: the Marlins may hang on to their All-Star. 8:50 AM: Hey, if you have a chance to add a former All-Star at the deadline, you take it,…

  16. Michael Bourn might remain with the Astros

    Jul 31, 2011, 8:39 AM EDT

    bourn with bat ap

    Astros center fielder Michael Bourn has posted a cool .303/.363/.403 batting line this season while tallying 39 stolen bases in 46 tries. He’d make an excellent leadoff hitter on a number of contending teams. But the interest simply isn’t there. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, “there is little momentum” right now for a Bourn…

  17. Rich Harden’s deal fell through over — wait for it — his medical records

    Jul 31, 2011, 7:07 AM EDT

    rich harden a's injured

    Seeing Rich Harden’s trade to the Red Sox go sideways late last night was rather surprising and rather odd, but now that we know the reason, it’s not that surprising after all:  the Red Sox called it off after looking at his medical records. Shocking, I know. Here’s how WEEI’s Alex Speier reports it: A…

  18. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jul 31, 2011, 5:34 AM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline is at 4 p.m. ET today. We’ll have coverage and reaction on all of the latest transactions. But first, a look at last night’s on-field results. Your Saturday box scores: Orioles 3, Yankees 8 (Game 1) Cubs 5, Cardinals 13 Rangers 3, Blue Jays 0 Mets 0, Nationals 3…

  19. Red Sox, A’s call off trade for right-hander Rich Harden

    Jul 31, 2011, 1:27 AM EDT

    Rich Harden

    Well, this sure is odd. According to the Associated Press, via NBC Sports, Boston’s attempt at acquiring right-hander Rich Harden from the A’s has suddenly fallen through. It was reported late Saturday night that Harden was headed to the Red Sox in exchange for first base prospect Lars Anderson and a player to be named…

  20. Orioles ship Derrek Lee to Pittsburgh for Aaron Baker

    Jul 30, 2011, 11:38 PM EDT

    Derrek Lee

    As we hinted a few hours ago, the Pirates are getting a first baseman. The Orioles have sent Derrek Lee to the Pirates for fellow first baseman Aaron Baker, a 2009 11th-round pick hitting .285/.353/.474 with 15 homers for Single-A Bradenton this season. Lee was always movable for the Orioles, but Baltimore pretty much had to…

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