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  1. The Jorge Cantu-to-the-Rangers deal is just about done

    Jul 29, 2010, 4:57 PM EDT

    The Jorge Cantu deal mentioned earlier is rounding into shape: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers and Marlins have reached agreement on the players who will change teams. Apart from Cantu, of course, which I hope is obvious. The Marlins will get Double-A right-handers Evan Reed and Omar Poveda. Reed, 24, has posted a 1.76…

  2. Astros fail to reload in Roy Oswalt deal

    Jul 29, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    They were in a bad position all along, but the fact that the Astros had to kick in $11 million of the $23 million that Roy Oswalt is guaranteed and still didn’t get a top talent in return has to be viewed as a failure on GM Ed Wade’s part. J.A. Happ isn’t nothing. The…

  3. The White Sox are out of the mix on Adam Dunn

    Jul 29, 2010, 4:28 PM EDT

    That’s what Buster Olney says, passing along what he says the White Sox are “saying internally.”  Which begs the question as to how he heard it, but hey, that’s how things work this time of the season. Olney says that the teams most likely to do a deal for Dunn could be the Yankees or…

  4. Roy Oswalt to make Phillies debut tomorrow in Washington

    Jul 29, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    Craig and I have written approximately five million words about Roy Oswalt and Miss Iowa so far today, but I just realized that our two favorite subjects will both be pitching at Nationals Park tomorrow night. Oswalt is scheduled to make his Phillies debut against the Nationals in Washington and Katherine Connors will be throwing…

  5. White Sox pitching coach compares Strasburg to Mark Prior, Kerry Wood

    Jul 29, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

    White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper was on Sirius XM this morning, and the subject of Stephen Strasburg moving to the disabled list came up.  Here’s Cooper, making every Nationals fan in the country faint: “Strasburg does something that I call an upside down arm action.  Listen, I’m not wishing this guy bad by any…

  6. Rumor: Red Sox "asked about" Trevor Hoffman

    Jul 29, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Red Sox “asked about” the availability of Trevor Hoffman, but are one of five teams on his no-trade list. Rosenthal notes that general manager Theo Epstein knows Hoffman from their days together with the Padres, but that was an awfully long time ago and I can’t imagine the…

  7. Huston Street has "been teased 50,000 times" for leaving via ambulance with bruised "guy region"

    Jul 29, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    Huston Street was strapped down and taken off the field in an ambulance after being hit in the “pelvic region” by a line drive during pregame batting practice Tuesday, but he’s back with the Rockies and available out of the bullpen tonight following a couple days of rest for an “abdominal contusion.” Street told Troy…

  8. DONE DEAL: Oswalt goes to Philadelphia for Happ, two prospects

    Jul 29, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    A major coup for the Phillies: Roy Oswalt is coming to town.

  9. UPDATE: The Phillies are sending Anthony Gose And Jonathan Villar to Houston in the Oswalt deal

    Jul 29, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Forget Vance Worley: now it’s being widely reported the second prospect in the day is one Jonathan VIllar.  Villar is a 19 year-old shortstop prospect currently hitting .272/.332/.358 in the Sally League.  Unless there’s a misprint on his Baseball-Reference.com page, he has [gulp] 42 errors this season.  So he’s got that going for him.…

  10. Marlins, Rangers close on a Jorge Cantu deal

    Jul 29, 2010, 2:53 PM EDT

    The Rangers and Marlins are getting closer on a deal for Jorge Cantu.  Talks were going on yesterday, but Jayson Stark reported that the Rangers wanted Florida to pick up most of Cantu’s remaining salary.  Today USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports that the Marlins will do just that. Cantu started the season with a bunch…

  11. Akinori Iwamura hospitalized following collision at Triple-A

    Jul 29, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Akinori Iwamura was playing his way back to the majors after being designated for assignment and passed through waivers unclaimed last month, hitting .299 with a .450 on-base percentage in 27 games at Triple-A. Unfortunately now he’s sidelined indefinitely after being hospitalized following a collision on the bases Wednesday. Iwamura has been diagnosed with a…

  12. Miguel Batista's new friend Miss Iowa will throw out the first pitch at Nationals Park tomorrow night

    Jul 29, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Apparently the flowers Miguel Batista sent to Miss Iowa did their job, because we just received a press release announcing that Katherine Connors is scheduled to throw out the first pitch at Nationals Park tomorrow night. Batista filled in for the injured Stephen Strasburg at the last minute Tuesday and afterward commented that the 40,000…

  13. Orioles finally set to hire Buck Showalter as new manager

    Jul 29, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    For the past few weeks Baltimore has been said to be on the verge of hiring Buck Showalter as manager and according to Tim Kurkjian of ESPN.com they’re finally ready to make things official. Kurkjian reports that Showalter’s first game at the helm will be next Tuesday against the Angels, which is the first game…

  14. D.J. Carrasco tells Pirates he's "open to" trade to contender

    Jul 29, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    It’s not often you hear about a journeyman middle reliever asking to be traded, but Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that D.J. Carrasco met with Pirates general manager Neal Huntington last week “to express his openness to being traded to a contender.” Kovacevic makes it clear that he “neither demanded a trade…

  15. This is why the Orioles are awful

    Jul 29, 2010, 12:59 PM EDT

    From Buster Olney’s latest column: Other teams that have asked the Orioles about the availability of some of their players are getting the vibe that Baltimore is greatly concerned about stripping their roster to the point that they are concerned about being even worse down the stretch than they have been in the first four…

  16. Tigers prospect Wilkin Ramirez designated for assignment weeks after playing in Futures Game

    Jul 29, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Three weeks ago Tigers prospect Wilkin Ramirez was playing in the Futures Game for the second time in three years. Today the 24-year-old outfielder was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Jhonny Peralta. At first glance that series of events makes it seems as though the Tigers just dumped a…

  17. HBT Daily: Podsednik, A-Rod and the Giants

    Jul 29, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk about a team I declared dead that, in hindsight, was only mostly dead.

  18. Ian Kinsler reportedly headed to disabled list with leg injury

    Jul 29, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

    Jeff Wilson of the Dallas Morning News reports that Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler will be placed on the disabled list today “with an injury to his left leg that isn’t considered serious but needs to be rested and treated for the stretch run.” Kinsler missed nearly all of April with an ankle injury, but…

  19. OK, no one knows anything about the Oswalt deal

    Jul 29, 2010, 11:58 AM EDT

    Ahhhh. It hadn’t felt like deadline time until just this very moment. Within the past few minutes two writers with Philly sources — Jayson Stark and Todd Zolecki — are saying that Phillies 1B prospect Jonathan Singleton is in the Oswalt deal. Another — Ken Rosenthal, who may not be as well-sourced in Philly but…

  20. Marlins prospect Dan Jennings says an "over-the-counter stimulant" led to 50-game suspension

    Jul 29, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    Marlins pitching prospect Dan Jennings has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance called Methylhexaneamine, but the 23-year-old reliever said “it was an over-the-counter stimulant.” At the time I had no idea what I was taking had something that was banned in it, but the substance in it was just added…

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