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  1. Jason Giambi would be fine with the Rockies trading him, but wants to come back in 2012

    Aug 2, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Jason Giambi

    Jason Giambi is currently on the disabled list with a strained quadriceps, but once healthy he’s a candidate to be traded to a contender in search of a left-handed bench bat before August 31. And he’d be fine with the Rockies trading him, but Giambi wants to return to Colorado in 2012 either way. “As…

  2. The Orioles claim Jo-Jo Reyes, release Justin Duchscherer

    Aug 2, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    duchscherer poses

    The Blue Jays waived starter Jo-Jo Reyes and the Orioles have taken a flyer on him.  They also released the last starter they took a flyer on, Justin Duchscherer. Reyes was 5-8 with a 5.40 ERA in 110 IP for the Jays this year. You can’t really call it a “bad year,” however, because it’s pretty…

  3. Rangers designate 41-year-old Arthur Rhodes for assignment

    Aug 2, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

    Rhodes_Arthur

    Texas beefing up the bullpen with Mike Adams and Koji Uehara meant other relievers had to go to make room and today the Rangers designated Arthur Rhodes for assignment. Rhodes is 41 years old, so his lasting this long as an effective pitcher is pretty amazing, but his performance has definitely slipped this season. After…

  4. “The shelf life for making a quick buck on a negative T-shirt about Frank McCourt is probably quickly evaporating”

    Aug 2, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Frankrupt

    But the fact that the market existed in the first place is pretty telling. Bill Shaikin has a story about dudes who have made a dollar or two capitalizing on Dodgers fans’ seemingly bottomless loathing of Frank McCourt. Not that everyone has made a dollar or two. One guy in the article has sold about…

  5. Mitchell Boggs will try to pitch through bulging disk in his back

    Aug 2, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

    mitchell-boggs-cardinals

    Mitchell Boggs has already been through a lot this season, going from setup man to closer to Triple-A to setup man again, and now he’ll try to pitch the final two months with a bulging disk in his lower back. Boggs told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that doctors advised him to…

  6. Must-Click Link: What do the GMs really talk about at the trade deadline

    Aug 2, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Ed Wade

    If you liked that little one act play I imagined involving Theo, Jack and Ned in yesterday’s Power Rankings, you’ll love what Grant Brisbee has done with his power rankings over at SB Nation today. I won’t give any of it away, but I’m pretty sure he totally nailed the Ed Wade/Frank Wren conversation over…

  7. Asdrubal Cabrera is the poor man’s Jose Bautista

    Aug 2, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    Asdrubal Cabrera

    Asdrubal Cabrera has always been a good player because of his defense and on-base skills, but prior to this year the Indians infielder had a total of 18 homers in 387 games spread over four seasons. Last night Cabrera hit his 18th and 19th homers of the season, surpassing his career total in the 106th…

  8. Hideki Irabu continues to benefit the Yankees. Sorta.

    Aug 2, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    Hideki Irabu

    Good stuff from The Common Man at the Platoon Advantage: a trade tree, tracking the late Hideki Irabu’s path in and out of New York, with attention paid to what the Yankees got for him, and the next guy and so on and so on to the present day. Short version: Nick Swisher can trace his…

  9. So much for last year: “The honeymoon with Buck Showalter seems to be over now”

    Aug 2, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    buck-showalter-orioles-spring

    Buck Showalter took over a dreadful 32-73 team and managed them to a 34-23 record down the stretch last season, creating some optimism among Orioles fans for the first time in a long time. So much for that. This season the Orioles have the AL’s worst record at 42-63, which is a .400 winning percentage…

  10. Jim Crane to be approved as Astros new owner later this month

    Aug 2, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Jim Crane

    Via Maury comes news that Jim Crane’s candidacy to become the new owner of the Houston Astros is likely to be voted on at the next owners’ meetings, which take place on August 17th and 18th.  It’s expected that he’ll have smooth sailing. I was asked yesterday if it was bad for the Astros that he wasn’t…

  11. Marlins ace Josh Johnson still hoping to pitch again this year

    Aug 2, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Marlins' Johnson delivers a pitch against the Phillies in the first inning during their MLB National League baseball game in Miami

    Josh Johnson still hasn’t ruled out pitching again this season despite missing the past three months with a shoulder injury that the Marlins continue to describe as merely inflammation. General manager Mike Hill told Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald that Johnson is “hopeful that he’ll start his throwing program this week” with an eye…

  12. Rockies prospect Alex White hates on Cleveland

    Aug 2, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    alex-white-indians-spring

    Alex White was a top Indians prospect until the other day. Then he was shipped to the Rockies in the package for Ubaldo Jimenez. A few minutes ago he voiced his pleasure with the move, geographically-speaking: Denver or Cleveland, Denver or Cleveland? Let’s be honest, ill take Denver. With the exception of a few people.…

  13. Shoulder surgery ends Freddy Sanchez’s season

    Aug 2, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Freddy Sanchez injured

    As expected, the Giants announced last night that Freddy Sanchez will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. He hasn’t played since June 10, but the Giants delayed a decision on surgery because Sanchez showed that he was able to hit reasonably well through the injury. He wasn’t able to successfully…

  14. Carlos Gonzalez aiming for weekend return from disabled list

    Aug 2, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez

    Carlos Gonzalez took batting practice yesterday for the first time since being placed on the disabled list with a wrist injury on July 22 and afterward reported feeling “a lot better than I expected.” Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post reports that Gonzalez is scheduled to take another round of batting practice today and then…

  15. Very superstitious. Writing’s on the wall.

    Aug 2, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    There’s a story in the Detroit News about the superstitions of the Detroit Tigers. Here’s one of Jose Valverde‘s: “I have a couple of cars, like a Lexus and a Mercedes. If I throw good while I’m driving one car, I stay with that car. I’m driving the Lexus now — and have been since the start of the…

  16. Now that’s a slump: Craig Counsell hitless in last 45 at-bats

    Aug 2, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Chicago Cubs

    Craig Counsell popped out as a pinch-hitter yesterday, extending the veteran infielder’s historic slump to 0-for-45. Yes, zero hits in his last 45 at-bats. Seriously. Counsell hasn’t had a hit since going 3-for-3 on June 10 and is now just one more hitless at-bat away from tying Bill Bergen’s all-time record of 46 straight at-bats…

  17. They’ve already got the knives out for Erik Bedard in Boston

    Aug 2, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Erik Bedard

    Erik Bedard hasn’t so much as picked up a baseball in Boston yet, but the press is already out to get him. Here’s Gerry Callahan in the Herald: Bedard is a hard-throwing left-hander with the proverbial good stuff, but when you take a look at the complete package, it’s obvious he belongs in Boston about…

  18. Blue Jays top prospect Brett Lawrie on verge of call up

    Aug 2, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Brett Lawrie spring training

    Brett Lawrie was seemingly days away from being called up in late May when a broken hand suffered at Triple-A sidelined him for two months. Now he’s back and has resumed crushing the ball, leading to speculation that the Blue Jays are once again on the verge of calling up their top prospect. When the…

  19. Phil Hughes is probably heading to the pen

    Aug 2, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Phil Hughes

    Yesterday we learned that the Yankees are going to use a six-man rotation. That kind of thing never lasts of course, so someone is gonna be the odd man out soon.  Matthew suggested that it may be Phil Hughes given his recent struggles. Matthew is probably right about that. Backing him up: Mark Feinsand of…

  20. Roy Oswalt ready to rejoin Phillies’ rotation after rehab start

    Aug 2, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    oswalt wide getty

    Roy Oswalt made his second rehab start yesterday, throwing six innings of two-run ball at Triple-A, and afterward declared himself ready to return from the disabled list. Oswalt has been out since June 24 with a lower back injury, but Paul Hagen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that his fastball was clocked in the…

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