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  1. Rumor: Giants might resurrect deal for Corey Hart

    Jul 31, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that the Giants may resurrect talks to acquire Corey Hart from the Brewers “at the last minute.” Hart has been connected in talks with the Giants all month, but just returned to the starting lineup last night after jamming his right wrist last Friday. It’s worth noting…

  2. The Yankees land Kerry Wood

    Jul 31, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    The Yankees traded for Indians’ closer Kerry Wood.  They gave up a player to be named later (right now I think half the Indians’ roster consists of players to be named later) and — get this — the Indians kicked cash into the deal. How on Earth the Yankees are convincing teams like the Indians…

  3. Dodgers get better, worse with Ted Lilly acquisition

    Jul 31, 2010, 3:27 PM EDT

    There’s a case to be made that Ted Lilly was worth Blake DeWitt, Brett Wallach and Kyle Smit. What I don’t get was why Ryan Theriot was a part of these talks, unless he’s about to be spun into another trade. Theriot is hitting just .284/.320/.327 in 388 at-bats this season. If he’s a better…

  4. Red Sox reportedly won't trade Mike Lowell today

    Jul 31, 2010, 3:22 PM EDT

    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com the Red Sox “will not trade Mike Lowell” before this afternoon’s deadline. Boston hasn’t even activated Lowell from the disabled list yet despite his being ready to return following an impressive five-game rehab assignment at Triple-A, keeping him in roster limbo while they work on other deals. However, because…

  5. Rumor: Braves talking to the Red Sox about Jacoby Ellsbury

    Jul 31, 2010, 3:21 PM EDT

    This is still only at the random chatter stage, but I’ve seen a couple of people in the Twitterverse who work and/or talk with people who Know Things — the latest being Brent Gambill of MLB Network Radio — say that the Braves are talking to the Red Sox about Jacoby Ellsbury. I could talk…

  6. Mariners send struggling Justin Smoak to minors

    Jul 31, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

    The Mariners have sent Justin Smoak to Triple-A Tacoma, according to Jim Street of MLB.com. The 23-year-old first baseman has struggled miserably since being being acquired from the Rangers in the Cliff Lee trade on July 9, batting just .159/.169/.270 with two home runs, five RBI and a pathetic 23/1 K/BB ratio over 63 at-bats.…

  7. UPDATE: Rays interested in Scott Downs and Brandon League

    Jul 31, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Maybe not. Jayson Stark of ESPN.com hears the Rays are unlikely to make another deal today. Don’t worry, this madness will be over in an hour or so. 2:24 PM: The Rays already picked up Chad Qualls from the Diamondbacks today, but with Grant Balfour expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a strained intercostal/rib…

  8. Braves, White Sox still trying to add bats

    Jul 31, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    I have it on the most reliable authority that impatient Braves fans are wanting Frank Wren to add a bat before the trade deadline hits in an hour and change. Likewise, unless “add Edwin Jackson” was at the top of every White Sox fan’s list this week, partisans of the pale hose are still waiting…

  9. The Cardinals may still try to add a bat today

    Jul 31, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    The Ludwick trade left a team that was already one bat light two bats light, but Joe Strauss of the Post-Dispatch is saying that Cardinals’ executives he’s talking to haven’t ruled out adding another bat today. I’m not sure how to feel about the “won’t rule out” stories we’ve seen so much of lately. It…

  10. Dodgers get Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot from Cubs for Blake DeWitt and two pitching prospects

    Jul 31, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the rumored trade sending Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot to the Dodgers is complete. Blake DeWitt is heading back to Chicago, with the Cubs also expected to get Double-A reliever Kyle Smit and 2009 third-round pick Brett Wallach. Theriot will replace DeWitt at second base for…

  11. UPDATE: White Sox, Rays and Angels in on Manny Ramirez

    Jul 31, 2010, 2:05 PM EDT

    UPDATE: While Dylan Hernandez reports the Angels are in it, Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports disagrees, saying they are not the third “mystery team.” I just don’t see this one happening, anyway. Makes for exciting trade deadline fodder, but I think he’s more of an August possibility.12:38 PM: Mystery team identified? Maybe. A source tells…

  12. With Berkman gone, Brett Wallace will make his MLB debut tonight

    Jul 31, 2010, 1:58 PM EDT

    Now that the Lance Berkman trade is officially official, the Astros are already turning the page, purchasing the contract of Brett Wallace from Triple-A Round Rock. The 23-year-old will make his major league debut against the Brewers tonight, batting sixth and playing first base. Wallace was acquired from the Blue Jays in exchange for outfielder…

  13. Fred Wilpon is getting sued over Madoff investments

    Jul 31, 2010, 1:37 PM EDT

    Before you get too excited for news of the Mets making a big, big trade deadline splash, you may want to read this: New York Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon was sued on Friday over alleged losses suffered by retirement plan participants at his firm Sterling Equities. The complaint filed Friday in Manhattan federal court…

  14. Rays lose setup man Grant Balfour for 4-6 weeks with injury

    Jul 31, 2010, 1:23 PM EDT

    In news that helps explain the Rays’ acquisition of Chad Qualls this morning, Grant Balfour is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a strained intercostal/rib muscle. Balfour was brilliant for the Rays in 2008, struggled for much of last season, and has been dominant again this year with a 2.08 ERA, .218 opponents’ batting average,…

  15. UPDATE: Martin Prado might only miss 7-10 days with fractured pinky

    Jul 31, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Martin Prado was diagnosed with a ”stable avulsion fracture” of his right pinky finger. The team has yet to make a decision about a possible DL stint, but Prado might only need to miss seven to 10 days. That’s pretty much the best news any Braves…

  16. Done Deal: Jake Westbrook to the Cardinals, Ryan Ludwick to the Padres

    Jul 31, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT

    The Cardinals, Indians and Padres make a big deal. But does this really help St. Louis?

  17. UPDATE: Cubs "likely" to trade Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot to Dodgers

    Jul 31, 2010, 12:53 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Stark reports that the Cubs are “likely” to send Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot to the Dodgers. We already know that the Yankees are out, so it sounds like this could get done. 1:06 AM: Jayson Stark of ESPN.com provides an update on Buster Olney’s report, saying that it’s unlikely the Dodgers and Cubs…

  18. Rumor: Giants 'in talks' with Diamondbacks for Kelly Johnson

    Jul 31, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    Arizona’s housecleaning now seems likely to include Kelly Johnson, as FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Giants are “in talks” with the Diamondbacks for the second baseman. According to Morosi the Giants also view Johnson as a potential outfield option because he has some experience in left field as well as second base. Most…

  19. Rumor: White Sox, Tigers, and Rays "still in on Adam Dunn"

    Jul 31, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    Jim Bowden tweets that there’s a “50-50″ chance Adam Dunn gets traded, with the White Sox, Tigers, and Rays “still in on” him. He’s often hit-or-miss with his reporting, but it’s worth noting that Bowden was the general manager in Cincinnati when the Reds drafted Dunn and was the general manager in Washington when the…

  20. UPDATE: Jake Westbrook scratched from today's start

    Jul 31, 2010, 12:26 PM EDT

    UPDATE: And now he’s been scratched from the start, about 30 minutes before the first pitch, with a move to the Cardinals expected. === Amid rumors that the Cardinals and various other teams are making a run at him, as of right now Jake Westbrook is still listed as the Indians’ starter for this afternoon’s…

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