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  1. No, being steroid-free is not keeping Fred McGriff out of the Hall of Fame

    Jul 29, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

    Gary Shelton of the St. Petersburg Times has a column today in which he argues that Fred McGriff is being penalized in the Hall of Fame voting because he didn’t take steroids and thus didn’t have big gonzo cartoon power numbers.  At the outset, let me note that I think Fred McGriff should be inducted…

  2. Jeremy Bonderman backtracks a bit from retirement talk

    Jul 29, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    One day after telling Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press that he’s seriously considering retiring after the season, Jeremy Bonderman backtracked a bit and said calling it quits would be more of a worst-case scenario if he finds a lack of interest as a free agent this offseason. I love pitching. I feel my…

  3. Joe Saunders honors Nick Adenhart

    Jul 29, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    Jim from Halos Heaven alerted me to something I hadn’t noticed: While with the Angels, Joe Saunders wore uniform number 51, but now that he’s with the Diamondbacks he has changed his number to 34, which was Nick Adenhart’s number.  He hasn’t said anything in public about it since the trade, but the assumption is…

  4. The Mets probably aren't getting Ted Lilly

    Jul 29, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT

    Joel Sherman reports that while the Mets have engaged in conversations with the Cubs about Ted Lilly, it’s now “very doubtful” that they’ll be able to do a deal for him. The sticking point: the Mets don’t want to pay the $4 million or so he’s owed for the rest of the year plus give…

  5. Some chatter while we wait for Roy Oswalt's decision

    Jul 29, 2010, 8:44 AM EDT

    As Drew noted last night, there’s a deal in place between the Phillies and the Astros for Roy Oswalt.  Everyone is now waiting for Oswalt’s decision on his no trade clause.  I have some thoughts on that (see below) but in the meantime, let’s speculate about what the deal may look like, assuming it goes…

  6. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

    Jul 29, 2010, 5:58 AM EDT

    Domonic Brown debuts, Jason Heyward steals home and Brandon Phillips hits one way the hell up to Bernie Brewers’ slide.

  7. Report: Phillies have a deal in place for Roy Oswalt

    Jul 29, 2010, 12:44 AM EDT

    According to Mark Berman of FOX 26 in Houston, the Phillies and Astros have a deal in place involving Roy Oswalt and are waiting for the 32-year-old right-hander to decide whether he wants to waive his no-trade clause.  Berman writes that the two sides “have agreed on the amount of money” that the Astros will…

  8. This just in … Indians fans also dislike LeBron James

    Jul 28, 2010, 11:16 PM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, a fan wearing a spanking-new Miami Heat jersey of Lebron James was harassed by the fans at the Cleveland Indians’ Progressive Field…

  9. Dodgers acquire outfielder Scott Podsednik from Royals

    Jul 28, 2010, 9:31 PM EDT

    As Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports, the Dodgers have acquired outfielder Scott Podsednik from the Royals for two minor leaguers…

  10. Stephen Strasburg appears likely to miss another start

    Jul 28, 2010, 8:52 PM EDT

    As Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington notes, Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg is unlikely to make his scheduled start Sunday against the Phillies. Starting pitchers usually require a bullpen session…

  11. Pineiro out 6-8 weeks with strained left oblique

    Jul 28, 2010, 7:48 PM EDT

    Angels starter Joel Pineiro has been diagnosed with a badly strained left oblique and is expected to miss the next 6-8 weeks. This according to Sam Miller of the Orange County Register. Yet another major injury…

  12. Padres' Kyle Blanks slated for Tommy John surgery

    Jul 28, 2010, 7:21 PM EDT

    Kyle Blanks, who has been on the DL since May 17 with what the Padres called a strained throwing elbow, will undergo Tommy John surgery Friday and miss the rest of the season. A pitcher undergoing a similar surgery would face the likelihood of missing at least half of 2011. Blanks might be able to…

  13. Tigers acquire infielder Jhonny Peralta from Indians

    Jul 28, 2010, 6:47 PM EDT

    In need of an infielder with Brandon Inge and Carlos Guillen on the disabled list, the Tigers on Wednesday acquired Jhonny Peralta from the Indians for LHP Giovanny Soto and cash. Peralta had been on the market for months, as the Indians decided long ago that they weren’t going to exercise his $7 million option…

  14. The Astros are more likely to move Myers than Oswalt

    Jul 28, 2010, 6:29 PM EDT

    Brett Myers is cheaper than Roy Oswalt and — at least lately — he’s been better. It stands to reason then that the Astros are more likely to trade Brett Myers than Oswalt before the clock strikes four this Saturday. And that’s what Phil Rogers is saying, based on the word of a scout. Which…

  15. Joakim Soria wants to close

    Jul 28, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    After my post about Joakim Soria’s no-trade clause keeping him from the Yankees yesterday, many of you responded with “sure, but wouldn’t he want the chance to play on a winner? That would trump the saves!”  Answer: no it wouldn’t. Jon Paul Morosi: Soria’s $6 million contract option for 2012 will vest automatically with 55…

  16. Brian Wilson fined $1,000 for wearing "flashy" orange shoes

    Jul 28, 2010, 5:49 PM EDT

    Remember the orange shoes Brian Wilson wore while pitching in the All-Star game? Well, he wore them again last night and Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez complained to MLB, who have fined the Giants’ closer $1,000 for “non-conforming shoes.” Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Wilson “was told that half of each shoe…

  17. Ben Sheets' career may be over

    Jul 28, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT

    Buster Olney just tweeted that Ben Sheets may have a torn flexor tendon. That’s the same injury that cost him all of 2009.  If that’s the case, you have to think that his career is in serious jeopardy. Yes, he rehabbed last time, but it was brutal. Surgery took place in February 2009 with an…

  18. After giving up 11 runs last night, Ryan Rowland-Smith placed on DL rather than waiver wire

    Jul 28, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    Last night Ryan Rowland-Smith became the eighth pitcher to allow double-digit earned runs in a game this season, coughing up 11 runs in a blowout loss to the White Sox. Rowland-Smith was down 4-0 after one inning, 7-0 after two innings, and 8-0 after three innings, yet the Mariners left him out there to complete…

  19. Rumor: Ted Lilly to the Phillies for J.A. Happ

    Jul 28, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Not so fast.  I had missed this, but last week Jon Paul Morosi reported that Ted Lilly’s 10-team no-trade clause includes the Phillies. Whether he’s more adamant about not going to Philly than Roy Oswalt seems to be is an open question, but it’s not like this would be a slam dunk or anything.…

  20. Derrek Lee rejected a trade to the Angels

    Jul 28, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    Earlier this afternoon Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com reported that Derrek Lee would block any potential move by exercising the no-trade clause in his contract and now MLB.com has further details that he actually did reject a trade to the Angels. Asked to comment on the report, Lee said: “There may be a time when I’m…

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