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  1. The Cardinals may still try to add a bat today

    Jul 31, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    The Ludwick trade left a team that was already one bat light two bats light, but Joe Strauss of the Post-Dispatch is saying that Cardinals’ executives he’s talking to haven’t ruled out adding another bat today. I’m not sure how to feel about the “won’t rule out” stories we’ve seen so much of lately. It…

  2. Dodgers get Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot from Cubs for Blake DeWitt and two pitching prospects

    Jul 31, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the rumored trade sending Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot to the Dodgers is complete. Blake DeWitt is heading back to Chicago, with the Cubs also expected to get Double-A reliever Kyle Smit and 2009 third-round pick Brett Wallach. Theriot will replace DeWitt at second base for…

  3. UPDATE: White Sox, Rays and Angels in on Manny Ramirez

    Jul 31, 2010, 2:05 PM EDT

    UPDATE: While Dylan Hernandez reports the Angels are in it, Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports disagrees, saying they are not the third “mystery team.” I just don’t see this one happening, anyway. Makes for exciting trade deadline fodder, but I think he’s more of an August possibility.12:38 PM: Mystery team identified? Maybe. A source tells…

  4. With Berkman gone, Brett Wallace will make his MLB debut tonight

    Jul 31, 2010, 1:58 PM EDT

    Now that the Lance Berkman trade is officially official, the Astros are already turning the page, purchasing the contract of Brett Wallace from Triple-A Round Rock. The 23-year-old will make his major league debut against the Brewers tonight, batting sixth and playing first base. Wallace was acquired from the Blue Jays in exchange for outfielder…

  5. Fred Wilpon is getting sued over Madoff investments

    Jul 31, 2010, 1:37 PM EDT

    Before you get too excited for news of the Mets making a big, big trade deadline splash, you may want to read this: New York Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon was sued on Friday over alleged losses suffered by retirement plan participants at his firm Sterling Equities. The complaint filed Friday in Manhattan federal court…

  6. Rays lose setup man Grant Balfour for 4-6 weeks with injury

    Jul 31, 2010, 1:23 PM EDT

    In news that helps explain the Rays’ acquisition of Chad Qualls this morning, Grant Balfour is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a strained intercostal/rib muscle. Balfour was brilliant for the Rays in 2008, struggled for much of last season, and has been dominant again this year with a 2.08 ERA, .218 opponents’ batting average,…

  7. UPDATE: Martin Prado might only miss 7-10 days with fractured pinky

    Jul 31, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Martin Prado was diagnosed with a ”stable avulsion fracture” of his right pinky finger. The team has yet to make a decision about a possible DL stint, but Prado might only need to miss seven to 10 days. That’s pretty much the best news any Braves…

  8. Done Deal: Jake Westbrook to the Cardinals, Ryan Ludwick to the Padres

    Jul 31, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT

    The Cardinals, Indians and Padres make a big deal. But does this really help St. Louis?

  9. UPDATE: Cubs "likely" to trade Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot to Dodgers

    Jul 31, 2010, 12:53 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Stark reports that the Cubs are “likely” to send Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot to the Dodgers. We already know that the Yankees are out, so it sounds like this could get done. 1:06 AM: Jayson Stark of ESPN.com provides an update on Buster Olney’s report, saying that it’s unlikely the Dodgers and Cubs…

  10. Rumor: Giants 'in talks' with Diamondbacks for Kelly Johnson

    Jul 31, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    Arizona’s housecleaning now seems likely to include Kelly Johnson, as FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Giants are “in talks” with the Diamondbacks for the second baseman. According to Morosi the Giants also view Johnson as a potential outfield option because he has some experience in left field as well as second base. Most…

  11. Rumor: White Sox, Tigers, and Rays "still in on Adam Dunn"

    Jul 31, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    Jim Bowden tweets that there’s a “50-50″ chance Adam Dunn gets traded, with the White Sox, Tigers, and Rays “still in on” him. He’s often hit-or-miss with his reporting, but it’s worth noting that Bowden was the general manager in Cincinnati when the Reds drafted Dunn and was the general manager in Washington when the…

  12. UPDATE: Jake Westbrook scratched from today's start

    Jul 31, 2010, 12:26 PM EDT

    UPDATE: And now he’s been scratched from the start, about 30 minutes before the first pitch, with a move to the Cardinals expected. === Amid rumors that the Cardinals and various other teams are making a run at him, as of right now Jake Westbrook is still listed as the Indians’ starter for this afternoon’s…

  13. Oliver Perez won't accept another minor league assignment

    Jul 31, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman of SI.com hears that Oliver Perez will not agree to a second minor league assignment. The left-hander has only made two appearances since re-joining the team on July 21 and hasn’t pitched since giving up a walkoff home run to James Loney in an extra-inning loss to the Dodgers last Saturday. According to…

  14. Cardinals, Indians, Padres close to a three-way deal involving Westbrook, Ludwick

    Jul 31, 2010, 12:04 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Harmonic convergence between the Westbrook and Ludwick rumors.  It’s a three-way deal. The Padres get Ryan Ludwick. The Cardinals get Jake Westbrook and a prospect from the Padres. The Indians get prospects only, one of whom is known to be AA pitcher Corey Kluber. Tom Krasovic says it’s done all except for the union…

  15. Rumor: Padres talking to Cardinals about Ryan Ludwick

    Jul 31, 2010, 11:39 AM EDT

    Now this one is interesting. An NL club tells Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse the Padres are “deep” in talks with the Cardinals to acquire outfielder Ryan Ludwick. We haven’t heard a peep about Ludwick being available until now, but 25-year-old outfielder Jon Jay has impressed in limited action with the Cardinals, batting .396/.447/.604 with…

  16. Kerry Wood activated from disabled list

    Jul 31, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    Kerry Wood was activated from the 15-day disabled list and will be available for Saturday’s game against the Blue Jays, according to the team. He’ll take the place of Austin Kearns on the 25-man roster. Wood has been on the disabled list since July 12 due to a blister on his right index finger. Limited…

  17. The Yankees are not pursuing Ted Lilly

    Jul 31, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    As we wait for the Dodgers front office to wake up, have their coffee and decide if they want to do a deal with the Cubs for Ted Lilly, we can at least pass along word that they probably don’t have any competition from the Yankees. Buster says that the Yankees aren’t pursuing him “unless…

  18. Pirates acquire Chris Snyder from D-Backs

    Jul 31, 2010, 10:54 AM EDT

    Pirates reportedly agree to swap Bobby Crosby, Ryan Church and D.J. Carrasco for Chris Snyder and a minor leaguer.

  19. The Jays probably aren't moving Jose Bautista

    Jul 31, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

    Buster Oleny offers one of his famous “heard this” tweets to the effect of the Blue Jays not really being interested in moving Jose Bautista.  The thinking is that he’s killing it, Blue Jays fans are getting into it, and he’s likely only to get an arbitration award in the $6 million range, so why…

  20. ATH Express: Last night's scores and highlights

    Jul 31, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    I’m not used to posting recaps on a Saturday, so apologies if it’s not up to it’s usual level of quality. There is an “Arrested Development” thing buried in here, though, so there’s that.

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