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

    Jul 31, 2011, 7:07 AM EST

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    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…

  2. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jul 31, 2011, 5:34 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 31, 2011, 1:27 AM EST

    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…

  4. Orioles ship Derrek Lee to Pittsburgh for Aaron Baker

    Jul 30, 2011, 11:38 PM EST

    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…

  5. Giants get Orlando Cabrera from Indians

    Jul 30, 2011, 11:05 PM EST

    Orlando Cabrera

    The Indians are definitely doing more adding than subtracting at the moment, but they’ve decided Orlando Cabrera is expendable and they traded him to the Giants for outfielder Thomas Neal. Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com and Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle had the initial reports. Cabrera had hit just .244/.277/.321 while serving as the…

  6. Rafael Furcal approves trade to Cardinals

    Jul 30, 2011, 10:08 PM EST

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    As expected, shortstop Rafael Furcal has agreed to a trade to the Cardinals. This according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. No word yet on what the Dodgers will be getting in return. Furcal has been plagued by injuries for most of the 2011 season and has hit just .197/.272/.248 in 37 games, but the Cardinals…

  7. Indians go all in with Ubaldo Jimenez acquisition

    Jul 30, 2011, 9:40 PM EST

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    After selling off CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee in recent years, the Indians actually went out and got an ace this time, trading LHP Drew Pomeranz, RHP Alex White, 1B Matt McBride and RHP Joe Gardner for Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez. The deal certainly carries some risk.  Jimenez was the game’s best pitcher during the first half…

  8. Red Sox attempt to land Rich Harden from A’s, deal falls through

    Jul 30, 2011, 9:37 PM EST

    Oakland Athletics v New York Yankees

    Now that the Ubaldo Jimenez sweepstakes have ended, other dominoes can begin falling. Jayson Stark of ESPN.com passes along notice that the Red Sox are “closing in” on a deal for Athletics right-hander Rich Harden. He doesn’t have the upside of Ubaldo, but Harden has posted a cool 30/10 K/BB ratio and 1.16 WHIP since…

  9. For some reason, Cubs won’t part with Carlos Pena

    Jul 30, 2011, 9:27 PM EST

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    The Cubs fell to 23 games under .500 after Saturday’s 12-5 blowout loss to the rival Cardinals, but they continue to sit tight as the trade deadline approaches. In fact, they’re actually making some of their more coveted players unavailable. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Cubs have begun informing interested teams that first baseman…

  10. Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez traded to Indians

    Jul 30, 2011, 8:12 PM EST

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    The deal is done. Or, almost. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies have agreed to trade right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez to the Indians for pitching prospects Drew Pomeranz and Alex White, and 26-year-old minor league first baseman Matt McBride. The Yankees, Red Sox and Reds all had serious interest in acquiring Ubaldo,…

  11. Ubaldo Jimenez scratched from start, headed to Indians?

    Jul 30, 2011, 7:49 PM EST

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    According to SI.com’s Jon Heyman, the Rockies have just scratched right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez from his scheduled Saturday start against the Padres. Esmil Rogers will take the bump instead. Jimenez has been linked to a variety of teams this week, but the Indians are now making a hard charge and may be willing to include top…

  12. Indians scratch Drew Pomeranz at Double-A, trade for Ubaldo Jimenez coming?

    Jul 30, 2011, 7:41 PM EST

    2011 XM All-Star Futures Game

    Here we go… According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports, the Indians have scratched top pitching prospect Drew Pomeranz from his scheduled Saturday start at Double-A Akron and may be ready to include him in a package for Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez. Troy Renck of the Denver Post is hearing that 22-year-old right-hander Alex…

  13. Hiroki Kuroda will not waive his no-trade clause

    Jul 30, 2011, 7:03 PM EST

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    As Sunday’s deadline looms, we can scratch another big name off the list of available players. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, right-handed starter Hiroki Kuroda told the Dodgers on Saturday that he does not intend to waive his no-trade clause this season. The Red Sox, Yankees and Rangers were known to…

  14. Ubaldo Jimenez starts for Rockies with rumors swirling

    Jul 30, 2011, 6:34 PM EST

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    With less than 22 hours to go before the trade deadline, Ubaldo Jimenez is in San Diego and ready to make his start Saturday night for the Rockies. YES Network’s Jack Curry and SI.com’s Jon Heyman are both reporting that the Rockies are asking for catcher Jesus Montero, right-hander Dellin Betances and right-hander Ivan Nova…

  15. Koji Uehara a better fit for Rangers than Heath Bell

    Jul 30, 2011, 5:53 PM EST

    Koji Uehara

    The Rangers needed a reliever, not a closer, and they got one of the game’s best setup men from the Orioles when they traded Chris Davis and Tommy Hunter for Koji Uehara and $2 million on Saturday. Uehara has a 2.27 ERA and a remarkable 117/13 K/BB ratio in 91 innings since the Orioles shifted…

  16. Rangers to acquire Koji Uehara from Orioles for Chris Davis and Tommy Hunter

    Jul 30, 2011, 5:33 PM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees

    UPDATE: Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun now writes that the Orioles will receive Chris Davis and right-hander Tommy Hunter in exchange for Uehara. They’ll also send some cash the Rangers’ way. That’s a pretty good get considering Uehara was of little use on a losing team. 5:20 PM: Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports…

  17. Report: Hiroki Kuroda open to deals to Yankees, Red Sox and Rangers

    Jul 30, 2011, 5:13 PM EST

    Houston Astros v Los Angeles Dodgers

    UPDATE: Want more conflicting information on Hiroki Kuroda? Sure you do. According to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com, Kuroda has indicated to the Dodgers that he is open to deals with the Yankees, Red Sox and Rangers. While Jon Heyman of SI.com mentioned those same three teams as finalists earlier in the day, a friend of…

  18. Diamondbacks to acquire Jason Marquis from the Nationals

    Jul 30, 2011, 5:02 PM EST

    Jason Marquis

    UPDATE: ESPN’s Jim Bowden reports that the Nationals will receive prospect shortstop Zach Walters from Arizona. The Diamondbacks are expected to cover the $2.47 million left on Marquis’ contract. Walters, 21, is batting .302/.377/.485 with nine homers, 56 RBI and 12 stolen bases over 412 plate appearances with Class A South Bend this season. Baseball…

  19. Nationals making progress in talks for Denard Span

    Jul 30, 2011, 4:36 PM EST

    Oakland Athletics v Minnesota Twins

    UPDATE: ESPN’s Jayson Stark reports that the Nationals are “making headway” with the Twins in trade talks for center fielder Denard Span. The Twins are insisting that Drew Storen is included in the deal along with a second player. From Adam Kilgore’s report earlier in the day, we can assume that might mean Roger Bernadina. Mercy.…

  20. Phillies send Domonic Brown to minors, activate Placido Polanco from disabled list

    Jul 30, 2011, 4:20 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Toronto Blue Jays

    The Phillies just made it official, sending outfielder Domonic Brown and right-hander Andrew Carpenter to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. These moves cleared the way for the newly-acquired Hunter Pence to be added to the active roster and for third baseman Placido Polanco to return from the disabled list. We already talked about the Brown demotion this…

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