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  1. Lance Berkman vetoed a trade to the White Sox

    Jul 30, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Lance Berkman recently invoked his no-trade clause to prevent a trade to the White Sox. Not that I reside in Berkman’s head or anything, but I wonder if the fact that the White Sox swept the Astros in the 2005 World Series played at least a small part…

  2. Report: Cards targeting Jake Westbrook

    Jul 30, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

    The Cardinals have Jake Westbrook at the top of their wish list, reports Jayson Stark of ESPN.com. Spurned in their efforts to land Dan Haren or Roy Oswalt, the Cards were also talking to the Nationals about Livan Hernandez and the Rockies about Aaron Cook in recent days. No longer, according to Stark. Teams that…

  3. Rumor: Rockies don't want to trade Brad Hawpe

    Jul 30, 2010, 7:44 PM EDT

    According to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com, the Rockies couldn’t trade Brad Hawpe right now “no matter what.” The reason? They might need to play Hawpe at first base depending upon the health of Todd Helton. Don’t buy it. It would behoove the Rockies to trade Hawpe now if they have no intention of picking up…

  4. Carlos Zambrano would waive his no-trade clause

    Jul 30, 2010, 7:16 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano, who re-joined the team today, told Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times that he loves Chicago, but will waive his no-trade clause if the Cubs approach him with a potential trade. That’s awful nice of him given that he’s basically lost whatever minimal trade value he already had. Here’s the quote, via Paul…

  5. Juan Samuel might not stay with Orioles

    Jul 30, 2010, 6:41 PM EDT

    New Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun that he will be keeping the team’s current coaching staff through the end of the season. So, where does that leave interim skipper Juan Samuel? Well, Showalter already told Samuel that he would like to retain him as his third base coach.…

  6. Jim Edmonds isn't sure he wants to be traded

    Jul 30, 2010, 6:16 PM EDT

    According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, the Red Sox recently asked the Brewers about the availability of Jim Edmonds, however the 40-year-old outfielder isn’t sure that he’ll accept a trade to a contender. No, Edmonds doesn’t have a no-trade clause — he was signed to an incentive-laden minor league contract — but Brewers general manager…

  7. Cody Ross is off the table

    Jul 30, 2010, 6:07 PM EDT

    The fact that I’ve been the only person on the planet dropping references to Cody Ross in trade rumor stories these last few days is a testament to the ability of one’s fandom to overtake one’s objectivity from time to time. Intellectually I know that the Marlins aren’t really shopping him and that even if…

  8. UPDATE: Yankees "on verge" of trade for Lance Berkman

    Jul 30, 2010, 5:51 PM EDT

    UPDATE: A source tells Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that Berkman gave approval of a trade to the Yankees earlier today, however he can waive the trade anytime in the next 24 hours because of his 10-5 rights. As such, this trade probably won’t be official until tomorrow afternoon. 5:10 PM: Earlier this afternoon Joel Sherman…

  9. Twins send Nick Blackburn and $14 million contract to minors

    Jul 30, 2010, 5:49 PM EDT

    To create room on the roster for new closer Matt Capps the Twins have demoted Nick Blackburn to Triple-A. Minnesota misguidedly gave Blackburn a four-year, $14 million contract this offseason instead of simply going year-to-year with a player they controlled through 2013 anyway. Blackburn succeeded for two seasons despite a horrible strikeout rate and mediocre…

  10. The Blue Jays aren't likely to move Scott Downs

    Jul 30, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Scott Downs has been the best reliever available since the trade deadline Bacchanalia began, but Jayson Stark is now saying that he’s likely not going anywhere. Why? Mostly because the Blue Jays have continued to ask a hell of a lot for him.  They may just keep him, he says, and go to arbitration with…

  11. Report: The Pirates are close to sending Paul Maholm to the Padres

    Jul 30, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

    Though there are a couple of dissenters, multiple other sources are reporting that the Pirates and Padres are nearing a deal for Pirates’ started Paul Maholm. Tim Brown at Yahoo! just said that the teams were “close.” I”m never sure what to make of these types of conflicts. It seems easier to assume that some…

  12. Concussion sends Jason Bay to the disabled list

    Jul 30, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    As expected, the Mets have placed Jason Bay on the disabled list after the outfielder experienced headaches and other post-concussion symptoms following his face-first collision with the left field wall at Dodger Stadium last week. Bay was able to play in the next two games, but then had headaches on the team flight out of…

  13. The trouble with Tony La Russa

    Jul 30, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT

    This column from Anthony Schafer at The Riverfront Times — analyzing his pitching moves on one recent night — basically records and replays my inner monologue every time I watch a game managed by Tony La Russa: This isn’t just about two players; this is about who is really important in winning and losing. What…

  14. Rumor: Yankees are "definitely in for Lance Berkman" and "considering him seriously"

    Jul 30, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    After trading Roy Oswalt yesterday and getting a potential long-term first baseman back in Brett Wallace, finding a taker for Lance Berkman seems like the next logical step for the Astros. Berkman has the ability to block a trade, but has indicated he’d be open to a move to a contender and Joel Sherman of…

  15. The Astros didn't tell any other teams that they'd kick in $11 million on Oswalt

    Jul 30, 2010, 4:06 PM EDT

    The general consensus immediately after the Oswalt deal was announced yesterday was that the Astros got hosed.  Then, after some time, more and more voices spoke up saying, “hey, don’t you think that if there was a better deal out there the Astros would have taken it?” Well, maybe not, because Joel Sherman reports that…

  16. Astros reportedly asked Dodgers for Chad Billingsley in Roy Oswalt deal

    Jul 30, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times took a break from his hilarious and ongoing quasi-feud with Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle long enough to report that the “Astros wanted Chad Billingsley in return for Roy Oswalt.” He adds that the Dodgers predictably refused, offered “four prospects” instead, and were apparently shot down.…

  17. The Nationals trade Cristian Guzman to the Rangers

    Jul 30, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    For a team that’s going to be auctioned on the courthouse steps next week, the Rangers sure are active little buggers this summer, aren’t they? First it was Cliff Lee, then Bengie Molina, then Jorge Cantu. This afternoon they picked up Cristian Guzman from the Nationals for a couple of prospects whose names (a) we…

  18. Rumor: Indians "getting significant hits on Jake Westbrook"

    Jul 30, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com the Indians are “getting significant hits on Jake Westbrook.” Olney speculates that the Cardinals could be a good fit and Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch quickly chimed in to agree that St. Louis makes sense as a destination for the veteran right-hander. Westbrook missed all of…

  19. The latest on the White Sox-Edwin Jackson-Adam Dunn front

    Jul 30, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    We’ve been waiting all afternoon to hear something new from the White Sox, who many people suspect are going to flip the newly-acquired Edwin Jackson to the Nationals for Adam Dunn. The latest comes from USA Today’s Bob Nightengale: the Sox currently have Jackson in a proposed package for Dunn. Nightengale adds that if the…

  20. Mike Lowell is done rehabbing, but won't rejoin Sox tonight

    Jul 30, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe updates Lowell’s status, saying he will not be activated from the DL tonight. === Mike Lowell is finished rehabbing in the minors after going 11-for-22 (.500) with four homers, four doubles, and 10 RBIs in five games at Triple-A, and Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that…

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