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  1. Jordan Zimmermann will be limited to just four more starts as Nationals monitor workload

    Aug 1, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jordan Zimmermann

    Jordan Zimmermann has fared extremely well in his full-season return from Tommy John elbow surgery, posting a 3.12 ERA and 98/22 K/BB ratio in 21 starts, but Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals will soon remove him from the rotation in an effort to limit the 25-year-old right-hander’s workload. According to…

  2. As if the trade deadline wasn’t stressful enough

    Aug 1, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Andrew Friedman Reuters

    I’d hate to be a general manager around trade deadline time. So much to do. So many calls to make and return. Pressure from the owners above and the fans below and the need to be clear — crystal clear — about where the team currently stands on the success cycle and where it might…

  3. Bobby Abreu’s $9 million option for 2012 vested yesterday

    Aug 1, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Bobby Abreu

    As part of a two-year, $19 million deal signed with the Angels two offseasons ago Bobby Abreu got a $9 million option for 2012 that vested if he totaled at least 1,100 plate appearances between 2010 and 2011. He reached that mark yesterday afternoon, although no one really noticed at the time because the Angels…

  4. The Angels and the Tigers: men behaving badly

    Aug 1, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Detroit Tigers

    I had all kinds of fun yesterday watching that gonzo Angels-Tigers game.  But really, no one distinguished themselves once it got all ugly. For those who missed it: Magglio Ordonez may or may not have shown up Jered Weaver by posing for a home run after he hit it.  I actually buy Ordonez’s argument that…

  5. A’s owner Lew Wolff calls on Frank McCourt to sell the Dodgers

    Aug 1, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Lew Wolff

    While it’s been pretty clear that Bud Selig has the backing of all of the other owners in the Frank McCourt fight, yesterday Athletics owner Lew Wolff became the first to publicly call on Frank McCourt to sell the Los Angeles Dodgers. What set him off was Frank McCourt’s ridiculous statement in court filings in which…

  6. About post-trade deadline trades

    Aug 1, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez, new team member of the Chicago White Sox, looks on during batting practice prior to the White Sox MLB American League baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland

    While we talk about July 31st as the “trade deadline,” it really isn’t a deadline. Or at least a hard one.  You can still trade guys in August.  It’s just that (a) any trade after the July deadline is a little trickier; and (b) if you trade a guy after August 31st, he can’t be on…

  7. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Aug 1, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    trading places

    Really, it was all trades this weekend, and we had you covered like a jimmy hat on that stuff.  If you’re simply looking to see who went where, check out the HBT Trade Deadline Tracker, which has all the specifics of all of the deals.  If you’re looking for something a touch more in depth,…

  8. Report: Clay Buchholz out for season with stress fracture

    Aug 1, 2011, 8:16 AM EDT

    buchholz throws reuters

    Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com is reporting that Clay Buccholz is suffering from a stress fracture in his lower back and that it is unlikely that he’ll be able to pitch again this season. Erik Bedard looking better now, Red Sox Nation? McAdam reports that Buchholz, will see a back specialist in Los Angeles today, but that…

  9. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 1, 2011, 5:38 AM EDT

    Jered Weaver

    Tigers 3, Angels 2: Wow, this was a wild one. Made all the more wild by the fact that (a) it was going on just as the trade deadline was approaching; and (b) since Justin Verlander had a no-hitter going, it seemed like everyone was watching it. At least everyone in my little corner of…

  10. Could the Orioles have turned J.J. Hardy into Colby Rasmus?

    Jul 31, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    J.J. Hardy

    The Orioles would have had far-and-away the best shortstop available in trade talks this month if they didn’t sign J.J. Hardy to a three-year, $22.5 million extension two weeks ago.  The 28-year-old Hardy has had a terrific season in his first year in Baltimore, hitting .275/.325/.510 with 18 homers in 298 at-bats. And extending Hardy…

  11. Heyman: Yankees wanted Astros to eat $17 million on Wandy Rodriguez

    Jul 31, 2011, 7:09 PM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez

    According to SI.com’s Jon Heyman, the Yankees offered to take on $21 million of the $38 million due to left-hander Wandy Rodriguez in trade talks with Houston.  The Astros would have had to swallow $17 million to get the deal done. With that kind of cash changing hands, the Astros would have needed to get a top…

  12. Johnny Cueto shuts out Giants, takes over as MLB ERA leader

    Jul 31, 2011, 6:31 PM EDT

    Johnny Cueto

    Johnny Cueto pitched a three-hitter for his second career shutout Sunday against the Giants and finally accrued enough innings to put himself into the ERA standings, where he now ranks first in the majors at 1.72. Cueto overtook Jered Weaver for the ERA lead.  Weaver entered the day at 1.79, but he gave up three…

  13. Some initial post-trade deadline thoughts

    Jul 31, 2011, 5:18 PM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez

    – I was stunned that the Yankees didn’t make so much as a minor deal, but they definitely stand out as obvious candidates to be busy in August.  Just how busy could hinge on Rafael Soriano‘s performance.  Still, whether it’s Wandy Rodriguez — who could clear waivers and again become a possibility to be dealt as soon as Wednesday…

  14. Red Sox land Erik Bedard in three-team, seven-player deal

    Jul 31, 2011, 4:32 PM EDT

    Erik Bedard

    This one came in just as the clock struck four, which is midnight for trade deadline purposes: Erik Bedard from Seattle to the Red Sox. The Dodgers are involved too. Here’s how it works: Boston is getting Bedard and Josh Fields from Seattle. The Sox are then sending minor league catcher Tim Federowicz, righty Juan Rodriguez…

  15. Pirates acquire Ryan Ludwick from Padres for PTBNL or cash

    Jul 31, 2011, 4:22 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v San Diego Padres

    Ryan Ludwick was reportedly close to being traded to the Indians earlier this afternoon, but instead the Pirates have swooped in at the last minute to acquire the outfielder from the Padres for a player to be named later or cash considerations. It’s tough to pass any sort of judgment on the trade without knowing…

  16. Twins, Nationals fail to complete Denard Span-for-Drew Storen swap

    Jul 31, 2011, 4:20 PM EDT

    Drew Storen

    4:20 p.m. EDT update: We’re a bit late on things because WordPress, of all of the possible times to crash, picked 3:58 p.m. on deadline day.  Storen, anyway, is in the game against the Mets, so obviously nothing got done with the Twins. /// FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal said on MLB Network that he believes the…

  17. HBT Trade Deadline Tracker

    Jul 31, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies

    We’re constantly updating the doings at the trade deadline with individual posts here at HBT, but for those only looking for the big picture, we offer this handy dandy list of the trades that have gone down. The trades are listed in reverse chronological order and are identified by the key player in each deal.…

  18. B.J. Upton is in the Rays’ lineup this afternoon

    Jul 31, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    3:59 p.m. EDT update: Ken Rosenthal said on MLB Network that Upton won’t be traded.  He’s not a candidate to clear waivers, so it looks like he’ll finish the year in Tampa Bay. // Things could still change, but with a little less than two hours remaining before the trade deadline, Marc Topkin of the…

  19. Marlins telling teams that Leo Nunez is unavailable

    Jul 31, 2011, 3:57 PM EDT

    Leo Nunez

    3:57 p.m. EDT update: Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald is reporting that the Marlins have held on to Nunez, Infante and everyone else. /// It looks like the Marlins weren’t kidding: they’re telling suitors that closer Leo Nunez won’t be traded prior to the 4 p.m. EDT deadline, FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi reports. The…

  20. UPDATE: Pirates reportedly “close” to getting Ryan Ludwick from Padres

    Jul 31, 2011, 3:25 PM EDT

    Ryan Ludwick

    UPDATE: And now Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com says the Pirates, not the Indians, are “close” to acquiring Ludwick from the Padres. ========= Last night the Indians and Padres were said to be discussing a deal for outfielder Ryan Ludwick and now Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that the two sides are “getting close”…

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