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  1. Jim Edmonds-for-Chris Dickerson swap smart all-around

    Aug 9, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    It’s almost a challenge trade: division rivals swap left-handed-hitting center fielders. But there isn’t much downside for either Reds GM Walt Jocketty or Brewers GM Doug Melvin here. The Brewers have fallen completely out of the race in the NL Central, and Jim Edmonds has indicated that he’s probably going to retire after the season.…

  2. Who is the worst everyday player in baseball?

    Aug 9, 2010, 2:39 PM EDT

    Edmonds trade aside, it’s a pretty slow day in baseball land, so I offer up a link to Joe Posnanski’s post in which he tries to figure out who the worst position player in baseball is this year.  He goes over a long list of candidates, discussing their lack of merits, but he settles on…

  3. The Mets are facing a money crunch for 2011

    Aug 9, 2010, 1:57 PM EDT

    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York takes a look at the Mets’ salary commitments for 2011 and concludes that the situation looks dire: Even if the Mets had 16 players making the major league minimum next season — which is impossible — the salary commitments for 2011 already total $120 million. The nine who make…

  4. Jim Edmonds traded to the Reds

    Aug 9, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

    The Brewers have traded Jim Edmonds to the Reds for outfielder Chris Dickerson. This from the Reds Twitter feed of all places. Wow.  Edmonds is hitting .286/.350./493 this year and will help a Reds outfield that has been uneven. He’s also making only $850K this year, around a third of which would still be owed. …

  5. The McCourts want to settle, but that's a tall order

    Aug 9, 2010, 1:06 PM EDT

    The L.A. Times’ Bill Shaikin — who has been doing a whale of a job covering the McCourt divorce, by the way — reports today that the McCourts would like to settle if at all possible.  While on one level that’s a no-brainer — no one wants to go through an ugly trial — it…

  6. Programming Note: punting the power rankings until tomorrow

    Aug 9, 2010, 12:49 PM EDT

    Due to a mis-measurement of the unobtanium extract I use in the intricate, scientific formulation of my weekly Power Rankings, they will unfortunately be delayed until tomorrow, when they will go by their alias “Your Tuesday Afternoon Power Rankings.” In the meantime, we can use this thread to take bets on which team I will…

  7. Lance Berkman seems to be handling New York just fine

    Aug 9, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    When Lance Berkman was traded to the Yankees there were some who thought that the country boy from that little Texas town (note: Houston is the 4th largest city in America) would have a hard time adjusting.  On the diamond that certainly has been the case in his first few games: he was two for…

  8. Jacoby Ellsbury dropped to ninth in the order

    Aug 9, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    From leadoff last night to last for today’s tilt against the Yankees: Jacoby Ellsbury will bat ninth reports Gordon Edes. Ellsbury is 0 for 16 since coming off the DL.  I’m sure there’s some considerable rust there and, in the grand scheme of things, 16 at bats isn’t a lot.  But given the hype and…

  9. David Ortiz thinks the strike zone is too big

    Aug 9, 2010, 11:06 AM EDT

    After complaining about the specific strike zone CC Sabathia was given on Saturday, David Ortiz offered his opinion about the strike zone in general this year: “Swinging at all kinds of [stuff]. That’s what you’ve got to do. Swing, swing, swing, swing and good luck. Of course, you have to, man. It’s killing the game.…

  10. Great Moments in Great Memories: Torii Hunter

    Aug 9, 2010, 10:40 AM EDT

    Torii Hunter on moving to right field to make way for Peter Bourjos: “Kirby did the same thing for me, he moved to right field to make room for me in center field,” Hunter said. “[Bourjos] is a great kid. He’s 23 years old, he can run, so let him run. With that kind of…

  11. The biggest homer homer call in baseball history

    Aug 9, 2010, 10:21 AM EDT

    Memo to Pirates’ announcers Steve Blass and Greg Brown: Even if you haven’t been there before, fellas, at least act like you’ve been there.

  12. Shocker: Eric Chavez contemplating retirement

    Aug 9, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    I hope you’re sitting down for this, but Eric Chavez is thinking hard about retiring: “I’ve pondered retirement. I’d lie if I said I didn’t. The truth of the matter is that I don’t know what I’m going to do . . . I’d love to come back and play the last month of the…

  13. Jay Gibbons finally gets what he asked for. Now will he hold up his end of the deal?

    Aug 9, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

    The Dodgers designating Garret Anderson for assignment opened up a roster spot, and the man who took it was one Jay Gibbons.  Interesting story there. Gibbons, you’ll recall, was a Mitchell Report All-Star, having been tied up with those “rejuvenation clinics” that supplied players with HGH.  He was released by the Orioles the following spring…

  14. Let's invent some more Derek Jeter milestones!

    Aug 9, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    If Derek Jeter passing Babe Ruth on the all-time hits list last night wasn’t enough for you in the milestones-of-questionable-significance department, just wait until today’s game: with one more hit Jeter will tie Mel Ott for the all-time New York hits lead. Not the Yankees hit lead — he did that last year when he…

  15. The Pirates coaches were fired for loyalty issues

    Aug 9, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    The Pirates’ coaching shakeup was not a matter of poor performance. It was a matter of loyalty.

  16. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Aug 9, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    I know your game: you surf baseball blogs at work and tune out on the weekend because you have a life to lead. Hell, I invented that game. Which is why I also invented Weekend Wrapup.

  17. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    Aug 9, 2010, 5:39 AM EDT

    Brandon Morrow smokes the Rays, and pennant races tighten. In more important news, I bought some baseball shirts and I’d like to tell you about them.

  18. Mark Prior on the road back to the bigs via indy ball

    Aug 8, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    Mark Prior made his debut for the Orange County Flyers of the independent Golden Baseball League last week and also got a quick profile in the Los Angeles Times. Prior is still only 29 years of age, which seems incredible, and his fastball has been clocked in the 90s.  Sure, it’s doubtful that he will…

  19. Beckham suffers groin strain in loss to Orioles

    Aug 8, 2010, 5:21 PM EDT

    White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham was pulled from the White Sox’s 4-3 loss to the Orioles on Sunday with a strained groin.  The injury, according to the Chicago Tribune, is being called “moderate,” but groin injuries can be pretty tricky. Brent Lillibridge replaced him at second base and is likely to start there for…

  20. Rays' Davis, Niemann will have shoulders examined

    Aug 8, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    Uh oh. Word comes from the Tampa Tribune’s Tony Fabrizio that the Rays have sent both Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann back to St. Petersburg to be examined Monday by team orthopedist Dr. Koco Eaton…

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