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  1. Report: Mariners “discussing” Erik Bedard with Cardinals

    Jul 31, 2011, 10:55 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Cleveland Indians

    Apparently not satisfied with adding Edwin Jackson to the rotation the Cardinals are reportedly talking to the Mariners about acquiring Erik Bedard. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com the two sides are “discussing” a deal and “the ball is in the Cardinals’ court.” St. Louis has a full rotation with Jackson joining Chris Carpenter, Jaime…

  2. The addition of Michael Bourn was a masterful move for the Braves

    Jul 31, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Michael Bourn

    Adding Michael Bourn is not going to make the Braves make up five games on the Phillies, but it was a masterful move all the same.  Simply a great trade for Atlanta any way you look at it. First Bourn:  he’s an elite center fielder, obviously.  You can look at the gold gloves if you…

  3. Why did the Yankees end their pursuit of Ubaldo Jimenez?

    Jul 31, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    As recently as yesterday afternoon Tim Kurkjian of ESPN reported that the Yankees were “all over” Ubaldo Jimenez, but once the Rockies ace was traded to the Indians much different details emerged about New York’s interest level. According to Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger the Yankees’ pursuit of Jimenez essentially ended several days…

  4. Braves acquire center fielder Michael Bourn from Astros

    Jul 31, 2011, 9:52 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Forget all that stuff we said earlier. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Braves are on the verge of acquiring outfielder Michael Bourn from the Astros for four minor leaguers. Bourn, 28, has hit .303/.363/.403 this season with 26 doubles and seven triples in 473 plate appearances. He has also tallied 39 stolen bases…

  5. Former Redbirds: Andy Van Slyke rips Colby Rasmus

    Jul 31, 2011, 9:31 AM EDT

    van slyke cardinals

    Colby Rasmus has been in Toronto since Wednesday, but the former first-round pick’s departure remains a hot topic in St. Louis and everyone seems to want to weigh in. Andy Van Slyke, who was also selected in the first round by the Cardinals (back in 1979), was quite critical of the entire situation in a…

  6. The Braves may bring Omar Infante back

    Jul 31, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Cameron Maybin, Omar Infante

    UPDATE:  Buster Olney says that a lot of teams have called the Marlins about Infante and that, at the moment, no one is really close, including Atlanta. Upshot: the Marlins may hang on to their All-Star. 8:50 AM: Hey, if you have a chance to add a former All-Star at the deadline, you take it,…

  7. Michael Bourn might remain with the Astros

    Jul 31, 2011, 8:39 AM EDT

    bourn with bat ap

    Astros center fielder Michael Bourn has posted a cool .303/.363/.403 batting line this season while tallying 39 stolen bases in 46 tries. He’d make an excellent leadoff hitter on a number of contending teams. But the interest simply isn’t there. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, “there is little momentum” right now for a Bourn…

  8. Rich Harden’s deal fell through over — wait for it — his medical records

    Jul 31, 2011, 7:07 AM EDT

    rich harden a's injured

    Seeing Rich Harden’s trade to the Red Sox go sideways late last night was rather surprising and rather odd, but now that we know the reason, it’s not that surprising after all:  the Red Sox called it off after looking at his medical records. Shocking, I know. Here’s how WEEI’s Alex Speier reports it: A…

  9. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jul 31, 2011, 5:34 AM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline is at 4 p.m. ET today. We’ll have coverage and reaction on all of the latest transactions. But first, a look at last night’s on-field results. Your Saturday box scores: Orioles 3, Yankees 8 (Game 1) Cubs 5, Cardinals 13 Rangers 3, Blue Jays 0 Mets 0, Nationals 3…

  10. Red Sox, A’s call off trade for right-hander Rich Harden

    Jul 31, 2011, 1:27 AM EDT

    Rich Harden

    Well, this sure is odd. According to the Associated Press, via NBC Sports, Boston’s attempt at acquiring right-hander Rich Harden from the A’s has suddenly fallen through. It was reported late Saturday night that Harden was headed to the Red Sox in exchange for first base prospect Lars Anderson and a player to be named…

  11. Orioles ship Derrek Lee to Pittsburgh for Aaron Baker

    Jul 30, 2011, 11:38 PM EDT

    Derrek Lee

    As we hinted a few hours ago, the Pirates are getting a first baseman. The Orioles have sent Derrek Lee to the Pirates for fellow first baseman Aaron Baker, a 2009 11th-round pick hitting .285/.353/.474 with 15 homers for Single-A Bradenton this season. Lee was always movable for the Orioles, but Baltimore pretty much had to…

  12. Giants get Orlando Cabrera from Indians

    Jul 30, 2011, 11:05 PM EDT

    Orlando Cabrera

    The Indians are definitely doing more adding than subtracting at the moment, but they’ve decided Orlando Cabrera is expendable and they traded him to the Giants for outfielder Thomas Neal. Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com and Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle had the initial reports. Cabrera had hit just .244/.277/.321 while serving as the…

  13. Rafael Furcal approves trade to Cardinals

    Jul 30, 2011, 10:08 PM EDT

    furcal getty

    As expected, shortstop Rafael Furcal has agreed to a trade to the Cardinals. This according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. No word yet on what the Dodgers will be getting in return. Furcal has been plagued by injuries for most of the 2011 season and has hit just .197/.272/.248 in 37 games, but the Cardinals…

  14. Indians go all in with Ubaldo Jimenez acquisition

    Jul 30, 2011, 9:40 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    After selling off CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee in recent years, the Indians actually went out and got an ace this time, trading LHP Drew Pomeranz, RHP Alex White, 1B Matt McBride and RHP Joe Gardner for Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez. The deal certainly carries some risk.  Jimenez was the game’s best pitcher during the first half…

  15. Red Sox attempt to land Rich Harden from A’s, deal falls through

    Jul 30, 2011, 9:37 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v New York Yankees

    Now that the Ubaldo Jimenez sweepstakes have ended, other dominoes can begin falling. Jayson Stark of ESPN.com passes along notice that the Red Sox are “closing in” on a deal for Athletics right-hander Rich Harden. He doesn’t have the upside of Ubaldo, but Harden has posted a cool 30/10 K/BB ratio and 1.16 WHIP since…

  16. For some reason, Cubs won’t part with Carlos Pena

    Jul 30, 2011, 9:27 PM EDT

    pena bat flip getty

    The Cubs fell to 23 games under .500 after Saturday’s 12-5 blowout loss to the rival Cardinals, but they continue to sit tight as the trade deadline approaches. In fact, they’re actually making some of their more coveted players unavailable. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Cubs have begun informing interested teams that first baseman…

  17. Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez traded to Indians

    Jul 30, 2011, 8:12 PM EDT

    jimenez wider getty

    The deal is done. Or, almost. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies have agreed to trade right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez to the Indians for pitching prospects Drew Pomeranz and Alex White, and 26-year-old minor league first baseman Matt McBride. The Yankees, Red Sox and Reds all had serious interest in acquiring Ubaldo,…

  18. Ubaldo Jimenez scratched from start, headed to Indians?

    Jul 30, 2011, 7:49 PM EDT

    ubaldo getty head

    According to SI.com’s Jon Heyman, the Rockies have just scratched right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez from his scheduled Saturday start against the Padres. Esmil Rogers will take the bump instead. Jimenez has been linked to a variety of teams this week, but the Indians are now making a hard charge and may be willing to include top…

  19. Indians scratch Drew Pomeranz at Double-A, trade for Ubaldo Jimenez coming?

    Jul 30, 2011, 7:41 PM EDT

    2011 XM All-Star Futures Game

    Here we go… According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports, the Indians have scratched top pitching prospect Drew Pomeranz from his scheduled Saturday start at Double-A Akron and may be ready to include him in a package for Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez. Troy Renck of the Denver Post is hearing that 22-year-old right-hander Alex…

  20. Hiroki Kuroda will not waive his no-trade clause

    Jul 30, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

    kuroda throws getty

    As Sunday’s deadline looms, we can scratch another big name off the list of available players. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, right-handed starter Hiroki Kuroda told the Dodgers on Saturday that he does not intend to waive his no-trade clause this season. The Red Sox, Yankees and Rangers were known to…

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