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  1. 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…

  2. 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.

  3. Cubs turn down Mets' offer for Carlos Zambrano, Mets turn down Astros' offer for Brett Myers

    Jul 31, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    According to Jon Heyman of SI.com the Mets turned down an offer from the Astros for Brett Myers and then had the Cubs turn down their offer for Carlos Zambrano. New York balked at parting with Bobby Parnell and Josh Thole for Myers, which Heyman suggests shows he’s only available “a steep price.” I don’t…

  4. News Corp. wants to bid on the Rangers now

    Jul 31, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    There’s a new bidder in the Texas Rangers auction: News Corp., the parent company of FOX and FOX Sports, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.  They want a chance to own the team, it appears, in order to protect their broadcasting rights to the Rangers, whose games air on FOX Sports Southwest. This seems rather ridiculous…

  5. Shocker: New York writer says ballplayer won't hack it in New York

    Jul 31, 2010, 8:17 AM EDT

    I really can’t stand stuff like this blog post from Jeff Pearlman, in which he opines that Lance Berkman won’t be able to hack it in New York. The argument basically boils down to this: Berkman is a great clubhouse guy and a total pro, but he’s a “country dude” who is “an off-the-charts right-winger,”…

  6. The Rays and Dbacks are about to strike a deal for Chad Qualls

    Jul 31, 2010, 7:16 AM EDT

    The Diamondbacks are on the verge of sending reliever Chad Qualls to the Rays in exchange for a player to be named later. Chad Qualls is 1-4 with an 8.51 ERA and has a salary of over $4 million this year. Word is that the Rays are picking up all that’s left of the salary.…

  7. UPDATE: Pirates close to deal for D-Backs' Chris Snyder

    Jul 31, 2010, 1:10 AM EDT

    UPDATE: Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic hears that the Diamondbacks are “close” to trading Chris Snyder to the Pirates. In fact, according to Piecoro, it sounds like the only thing standing in the way of a deal is approval from the commissioner’s office. Piecoro is not sure of the players the D-Backs will receive…

  8. Roy Oswalt knocked around by Nats in Phillies debut

    Jul 30, 2010, 10:51 PM EDT

    Those Nats sure know how to ruin a good party, huh? Roy Oswalt was beat up pretty good in his Phillies debut Friday night, allowing five runs — four earned — over six innings as part of an 8-1 loss. He gave up seven hits — including four extra-base hits — and two walks while…

  9. The Yankees might not be done

    Jul 30, 2010, 10:05 PM EDT

    It’s been a busy Friday for the Yankees, but they are still in on Ted Lilly.

  10. Report: Yankees acquire Austin Kearns from Indians

    Jul 30, 2010, 9:28 PM EDT

    Just a short while ago, Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com tipped us off that Austin Kearns was removed from the seventh inning of tonight’s game against the Blue Jays for a pinch-runner. Very curiously timed because of tomorrow’s trade deadline. Well, it was done for a very important reason, because the Yankees have acquired Kearns,…

  11. Astros to receive two prospects for Lance Berkman

    Jul 30, 2010, 9:24 PM EDT

    Astros reportedly to receive right-hander Mark Melancon and infielder Jimmy Paredes for Lance Berkman.

  12. Nats GM Mike Rizzo is messing with people's heads

    Jul 30, 2010, 9:12 PM EDT

    Based on what Buster Olney of ESPN.com just tweeted, it’s pretty fair to say that Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo is driving his fellow general managers crazy. According to Olney, the Nationals had told teams interested in Adam Dunn that a “key piece” to get a deal done was Edwin Jackson. This forced teams to…

  13. REPORT: Yankees acquire Lance Berkman from Astros

    Jul 30, 2010, 8:55 PM EDT

    It won’t be official until Saturday, but Lance Berkman has waived his no-trade clause to join the Bombers.

  14. Jacoby Ellsbury to join Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday

    Jul 30, 2010, 8:44 PM EDT

    Fresh off three minor league rehab games with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox, Jacoby Ellsbury is set to play with Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday and Sunday, according to Ian Browne of MLB.com. Ellsbury was 3-for-7 with a stolen base with the GCL club and played all nine innings in center field on Thursday. He…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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.…

  20. 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…

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