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  1. The Phillies like to give out extra contract years

    Aug 17, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

    Tim Dierkes at MLB Trade Rumors noted earlier this afternoon that the Phillies’ decision to give Greg Dobbs a two-year deal before the 2009 season “wasn’t entirely necessary.” In light of his being designated for assignment today, I think Tim is right. But Tim goes further in this post, noting all of the examples in…

  2. Designated for assignment by Reds, should Micah Owings try hitting full time?

    Aug 17, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Last night the Reds signed first-round pick Yasmani Grandal by giving him a $3 million bonus and a major-league contract, which includes a spot on the 40-man roster. Today that spot was cleared by designating Micah Owings for assignment. Normally it isn’t news when a team cuts a 27-year-old pitcher with a 5.11 career ERA,…

  3. Deep Thoughts: Bryce Harper contract edition

    Aug 17, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Baseball news gets kind of slow between 2 and 4pm, so I find myself thinking about stuff like this.

  4. Maybe Bobby V. and the Mariners aren't a fit after all

    Aug 17, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

    I’ve written a couple of times recently that I thought Bobby Valentine would be a good fit for the Mariners. Some people just love to dismiss my opinions, apparently because some know-nothing is saying, no, Valentine and the Mariners aren’t a fit. What?  Oh, it was Bobby Valentine who said that? Ah.  Well, yes, I…

  5. Shawn Chacon's grievance versus Astros denied by arbitrator

    Aug 17, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

    Two years ago right-hander Shawn Chacon allegedly grabbed general manager Ed Wade by the neck and threw him to the ground during an argument, after which the Astros naturally terminated his contract and refused to pay the remaining $983,607 he was owed as part of a one-year, $2 million deal. Chacon and the MLB players’…

  6. Bobby Thomson: 1923-2010

    Aug 17, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

    The man who hit “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World” has died. Bobby Thomson was 86. No one can be fully defined by their best or worst moments on this Earth. But if you have to choose one of ‘em, being remembered for hitting the most famous home run in baseball history ain’t bad. And…

  7. Aramis Ramirez isn't going to replace Chipper Jones in Atlanta

    Aug 17, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Yesterday there was some speculation that the Braves pulled their large contract offer to 18th-round draft pick Zach Alvord in order to set that money aside to potentially claim Aramis Ramirez off waivers from the Cubs. Mark Bowman of MLB.com quickly threw cold water on the report by noting that clearing payroll room for this…

  8. The Astros' crowd has improved considerably in the past week

    Aug 17, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    Last week in Houston we had the guy who jumped out of the way of a foul ball, thereby letting his soon-to-be ex-girlfriend get hit.  Much better news today: an Astros fan who makes one hell of a scoop of a foul ball while (a) wearing a nifty throwback jersey; and (b) not even getting…

  9. White Sox bullpen coach suggests starting brawl with Twins

    Aug 17, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Tonight the Twins and White Sox begin a three-game series at Target Field that could go a long way toward determining the AL Central champion, and during a recent radio interview Chicago bullpen coach Juan Nieves suggested that his pitchers throw at Minnesota hitters in an effort to start a brawl. Seriously: I’ve even thought…

  10. HBT Daily: K-Rod and a couple of good matchups

    Aug 17, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Bonus: it’s totally casual day at HBT Daily.

  11. Jose Canseco signs with independent league team, homers in first at-bat

    Aug 17, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

    After taking to Twitter last week to complain (and put forth conspiracy theories) about being evicted from his apartment Jose Canseco signed with the Laredo Broncos of the independent United League Baseball and homered in his first at-bat. Canseco came off the bench as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning last night and smacked a…

  12. Comment of the Day: The A's are lost at the plate

    Aug 17, 2010, 1:03 PM EDT

    Even when you read the box scores every day you miss a lot. For example, the following — brought to you in this morning’s recaps thread by Commenter Emeritus APBA Guy — hadn’t occurred to me: This is the third straight game the Cult of Beane has nearly been no-hit. Last night it was a…

  13. Rockies making Todd Helton a part-time player for stretch run

    Aug 17, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    Todd Helton has hit well since returning from the disabled list two weeks ago, going 9-for-30 (.300) with two homers, two doubles, and a .927 OPS, but manager Jim Tracy said yesterday that the 36-year-old first baseman will not be used as an everyday player down the stretch. We were doing a lot of searching…

  14. Dbacks' first round pick Barret Loux is a free agent

    Aug 17, 2010, 12:38 PM EDT

    The Diamondbacks selected pitcher Barret Loux sixth overall in this year’s draft, but backed out of signing him after a physical revealed a labrum tear and elbow issues. My thinking had been that, with no deal in place, Loux would go back to college or wherever and next year someone else would take a chance…

  15. Nationals president says draft pick signing setup is "silly"

    Aug 17, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

    Shortly after celebrating the signing of No. 1 pick Bryce Harper by hitting general manager Mike Rizzo in the face with a whipped cream pie, Nationals president Stan Kasten “reiterated his contempt for baseball’s current system for signing draft choices.” Right now the majority of top picks wait until the last moment to sign, costing…

  16. Baseball players are social misfits

    Aug 17, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    This starts out as a thing about ballplayers but kind of turns into a bit of a social/political thing. But not a partisan one, I don’t think, so don’t be afraid.

  17. Report: "Brad Hawpe's days in Denver may be numbered"

    Aug 17, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported yesterday that the Rockies have placed Brad Hawpe on waivers and now Troy Renck of the Denver Post writes that his “days in Denver may be numbered.” Just a few weeks ago the Rockies were said to be telling teams that they couldn’t trade Hawpe, but now that they’re nine…

  18. Kevin Slowey and "this pitch count crap"

    Aug 17, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Joe Nelson of KFAN radio is either an ignoramus or a troll. Maybe both. All I know is that someone who says stuff like this probably needs his medication adjusted: We don’t live in a “What if” world. We live in the real world. Kevin Slowey also lives in the real world and he had…

  19. A's send Chris Carter back to Triple-A with .000 average

    Aug 17, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Called up last week and handed the starting job in left field, 23-year-old Chris Carter went 0-for-19 with nine strikeouts while struggling defensively in his first taste of the majors and was sent back to Triple-A last night. Conor Jackson and Travis Buck returning from the disabled list led to the move, but had Carter…

  20. Lou Gehrig may not have had Lou Gehrig's disease

    Aug 17, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    That’s the implication of a new study of head trauma and ALS: A peer-reviewed paper to be published Wednesday in a leading journal of neuropathology, however, suggests that Gehrig’s demise — and that of some other athletes and soldiers given a diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease — might have…

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