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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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.…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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”…

  11. Derek Jeter leaves game after getting hit in the hand

    Jul 31, 2011, 3:17 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    Derek Jeter left today’s Yankees-Orioles game after getting hit on the hand by a Jake Arrieta pitch.  It happened in the third inning, and Jeter tried to stay in the game, but he left in the fifth. Good news: no break.  X-Rays are negative and it’s being reported that Jeter is day-to-day, as are we all.

  12. Done deal: Indians’ trade for Ubaldo Jimenez is official

    Jul 31, 2011, 3:09 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    UPDATE: Jimenez passed his physical, so the blockbuster trade sending him to the Indians for a four-prospect package led by 2010 first-round pick Drew Pomeranz is now official. ========== UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that McBride’s injury won’t hold up the deal. ========== Ubaldo Jimenez is reportedly undergoing a physical exam right now, but…

  13. Yankees out on Wandy Rodriguez, Cleveland, Toronto in?

    Jul 31, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez

    ESPN’s Jayson Stark reports that the Yankees are out on Wandy Rodriguez, and the New York Post’s Joel Sherman is saying something similar. The Houston Chronicle’s Richard Justice, who doesn’t normally break trade news, briefly reported that Rodriguez would go to Cleveland for two minor leaguers, only to take it back minutes later. And now…

  14. Look away, I’m hideous: Astros’ post-trades lineup is ugly

    Jul 31, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Brad Mills

    Houston had MLB’s worst record and ranked 12th among NL teams in scoring with Hunter Pence, Michael Bourn, and Jeff Keppinger, so as you can imagine the Astros’ lineup looks downright sad after trading three of the team’s four best hitters. Here’s the lineup manager Brad Mills is trotting out there against the Brewers this…

  15. Justin Verlander loses no-hitter in eighth, Jered Weaver ejected

    Jul 31, 2011, 2:41 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    3:45 p.m. EDT: It’s over, with the Tigers winning 3-2.  Jose Valverde replaced Verlander to start the ninth and walked leadoff man Bobby Abreu, but he bounced back to retire the next three batters.  Erick Aybar, who started the eighth-inning rally with his bunt, popped up foul to end it. We’ll likely be hearing more…

  16. UPDATE: Forget Heath Bell – it’s Mike Adams to the Rangers

    Jul 31, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    Mike Adams

    UPDATE:  It’s not often that Ken Rosenthal misfires — he is, in my view, the best at this rumor business —  but he misfired here. Almost immediately after his report that the Padres had traded Heath Bell to the Rangers, multiple reports came in that it was not Bell, but rather, Mike Adams who is…

  17. Are the Padres asleep at the wheel?

    Jul 31, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

    Heath Bell

    UPDATE: Obviously not.  The Padres have traded Mike Adams to the Rangers for left-hander Robbie Erlin and right-hander Joe Wieland. /// We know San Diego is about to shed Ryan Ludwick, but that’s likely to bring back a minimal return, probably from the Indians.  There hasn’t been anything hot and heavy on the bigger bait —…

  18. Diamondbacks add A’s reliever Brad Ziegler, make room for Paul Goldschmidt

    Jul 31, 2011, 1:41 PM EDT

    Brad Ziegler

    Feeling they have an even better one on the way, the Diamondbacks traded their starting first baseman to the A’s for a setup man on Sunday.  The three-player deal sent Brad Ziegler to Arizona in return for Brandon Allen and left-hander Jordan Norberto. Allen had three homers and seven RBI in 29 at-bats since his…

  19. Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?

    Jul 31, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez

    As we wait around to hear if anything happens with those Yankees-Astros talks about Wandy Rodriguez, we get this tweet from Jon Heyman:  Yankees dont like wandy’s contract, or necessarily his pitching. but they know they need to do something. Well, apart from that … Look: I understand the trade deadline is nutso, but when was…

  20. Miguel Tejada lashes out at San Francisco media for writing about his terrible defense

    Jul 31, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    Miguel Tejada

    Watching your team acquire Orlando Cabrera because they think he’s a better shortstop option than you can be tough on a person, but Miguel Tejada chose an interesting way to vent that frustration this morning: He lashed out at the media. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle described the scene in the clubhouse: Across…

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