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  1. Alderson: wins and losses will dictate what we do with Beltran

    Jul 14, 2011, 9:30 AM EST

    Carlos Beltran

    While there are a lot of reasons why it makes sense for the Mets to trade Carlos Beltran, Sandy Alderson said yesterday that his trade is not a fait accompli.  Rather, how the team plays in the next couple of weeks leading to the trading deadline will be the determining factor. Hmm. I wonder if…

  2. Terry Francona nails the central problem with the All-Star Game

    Jul 14, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Oakland Athletics

    The beauty of job security: you can tell the truth from time to time.  Here’s Terry Francona, pretty much hitting the nail on the head: “Maybe the significance of this game has run its course … I know what they were trying to do with the game, and I think they accomplished it, but maybe…

  3. The push for a new Dodger Stadium makes no sense whatsoever

    Jul 14, 2011, 8:30 AM EST

    Dodger Stadium

    So I read Matthew’s post on Major League Baseball exploring the possibility of a new downtown stadium for the Los Angeles Dodgers. And as I read it I had one of those strange quasi-out-of-body experiences in which you look around and then slap yourself and try to make sure you’re not dreaming. First thought: this…

  4. And That Happened: Classic!

    Jul 14, 2011, 5:30 AM EST

    Ruth Called Shot Baseball

    The only baseball recap containing references to the Bonus Army, Prohibition and Hoovernomics you’ll read today, guaranteed.

  5. J.C. Romero may bolt Nationals to sign with Yankees

    Jul 13, 2011, 10:03 PM EST

    romero wide pose getty

    Veteran left-hander J.C. Romero signed a minor league contract with the Nationals at the end of June. Since then, he’s registered cool a 1.29 ERA in five relief appearances at Triple-A Syracuse, allowing only one earned run in seven innings. He wants that impressive two-week stretch rewarded by the Nats’ front office. And soon. According…

  6. Tackling the trade deadline: Atlanta Braves

    Jul 13, 2011, 9:15 PM EST

    Nate McLouth, Jordan Schafer

    Atlanta Braves First-half record: 54-38 Standings: trail Phillies by 3 1/2 games in NL East, 5 up in wild card Needs Outfield: Jordan Schafer has had his moments, but he also has a .599 OPS in 169 at-bats while filling in for Nate McLouth and Martin Prado.  The Braves offense is fine when everyone is healthy…

  7. Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies on Joakim Soria’s no-trade list

    Jul 13, 2011, 8:57 PM EST

    soria getty wide

    Royals closer Joakim Soria is under contract through 2014 at a rather affordable rate and the Royals haven’t so much as hinted at a desire to move him, but that doesn’t mean we won’t be hearing his name involved in trade rumors over the next few weeks. Crazy season is officially upon us. With so…

  8. The world will not end if Francisco Rodriguez’s option vests

    Jul 13, 2011, 8:30 PM EST

    Francisco Rodriguez

    We’ve all known for over a year now that the Mets weren’t going to want to be on the hook for Francisco Rodriguez‘s $17.5 million option for 2012.  They would have given him away to be out from under it.  As is, they had to pay the Brewers almost $6 million just to get a couple of…

  9. Carlos Gonzalez to sit out first game after All-Star break

    Jul 13, 2011, 7:48 PM EST

    cargo getty

    Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez suffered a deep bone bruise in his right wrist nearly two weeks ago when he crashed into the center field wall at Coors Field while making a highlight reel catch. Gonzalez was able to avoid the disabled list and remains active here in mid-July, but the 25-year-old has already been ruled…

  10. Report: MLB explores possibility of new ballpark for Dodgers

    Jul 13, 2011, 7:11 PM EST

    Dodger Stadium

    SPORTSbyBROOKS has been told by multiple sources that MLB has reached out to AEG to inquire about the feasibility of building a new ballpark in downtown Los Angeles for the Dodgers. AEG is the owner of the Staples Center, home of the NBA’s Lakers and Clippers, in downtown L.A. and has already proposed to the city a plan to…

  11. Report: Cardinals covet Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson

    Jul 13, 2011, 6:48 PM EST

    Jeremy Hellickson

    There’s been some speculation that the Rays would make a run at Colby Rasmus should the Cardinals make their center fielder available.  Now we know whom the Cardinals would ask for in return.  According to the Post-Dispatch’s Joe Strauss, Jeremy Hellickson is the pitcher the team most covets in any potential deal. And for good…

  12. O’Dowd: Rockies looking to add a starting pitcher

    Jul 13, 2011, 6:25 PM EST

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    Ubaldo Jimenez to Cincinnati?  Not at all likely.  The Rockies are aiming to land a starting pitcher, not subtract one, prior to the July 31 deadline. Colorado GM Dan O’Dowd told the Denver Post’s Troy Renck that the Rockies are hoping to pick up a starting pitcher under team control beyond this season. That makes…

  13. Kirk Gibson twice turned down the All-Star Game

    Jul 13, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

    Kirk Gibson

    But… I was assured this was a new phenomenon caused by greedy baseball players making tens of millions of dollars per year.  Surely no one turned down All-Star appearances 25 years ago. Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson, who ranks right up there with Tim Salmon among the best players to never go to an All-Star Game,…

  14. Hanley Ramirez got a new tattoo during the All-Star break too

    Jul 13, 2011, 5:50 PM EST

    hanley ramirez tattoo

    I posted this morning about the matching “Mom” and “Pops” tattoos Bryce Harper got on his wrists, but he wasn’t the only player to spend the All-Star break getting inked up. Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who failed to make the All-Star team for the first time since 2007, got a similar-looking tattoo on his forearm,…

  15. Bryan Stow to have a say in the Dodgers’ bankruptcy

    Jul 13, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    Someone representing Bryan Stow’s interests — a family member or a lawyer — will be a member of the unsecured creditor’s committee in the Los Angeles Dodgers bankruptcy.  Other creditors on the committee — which approves decisions on behalf of those to whom the Dodgers owe unsecured debt — include the Players’ Association and KABC…

  16. Brewers manager says John Axford, Francisco Rodriguez will split save chances

    Jul 13, 2011, 5:20 PM EST

    John Axford

    Apparently eager to appease newcomer Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Wednesday that he intends to employ K-Rod and John Axford as co-closers. If the Brewers were to have Rodriguez and Axford split save chances equallyfor the rest of the season, then they wouldn’t have to worry about Rodriguez getting the 21 games finished…

  17. Lonnie Chisenhall set to rejoin Indians’ lineup tomorrow

    Jul 13, 2011, 5:10 PM EST

    Blue Jays' Arencibia checks on Indians' Chisenhall after he was hit in the face by a pitch during their MLB American League baseball game in Cleveland

    The All-Star break came at a good time for Lonnie Chisenhall, as the Indians’ rookie third baseman had a chance to recover from a fractured sinus suffered on July 7. Chisenhall took a Carlos Villanueva pitch to the face and missed the final three games of the first half, but told Nick Camino of WTAM-1100…

  18. Christian Lopez’s latest haul: a World Series ring

    Jul 13, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    I’m struck by the notion that this kid should only get 15 minutes of fame. I’m also struck by the notion that I’ve probably written more about him than anyone, so if he’s overstaying his welcome in the public eye, it’s more my fault than his.  Eh, I can live with that. I’ve grown fond…

  19. Report: Yankees not interested in Carlos Beltran

    Jul 13, 2011, 4:41 PM EST

    Carlos Beltran

    Following the Mets’ trade of Francisco Rodriguez to the Brewers, most everyone believes Carlos Beltran is the next shoe to drop.  However, the six-time All-Star won’t be going to the Yankees, sources tell ESPN.com’s Buster Olney. Olney reports that the Yankees aren’t interested in Beltran, who has hit .285/.377/.503 in 89 games this season. If…

  20. Last night’s All-Star Game was the lowest-rated of all time

    Jul 13, 2011, 4:17 PM EST

    old TV

    Well, fewer people watched on TV in 1933, but I don’t think that will make anyone at MLB or Fox feel better. According to Sports Business Journal, Fox earned a 7.9 overnight Nielsen rating, which was the lowest ever.  It was down 13.2% from last year and down 24% from 2009. Low ratings compared to…

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