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  1. The Mets' fallback position: Ted Lilly?

    Jun 28, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    Joel Sherman cites a source today telling him that, in the event the Mets aren’t able to land Cliff Lee, they’d be interested in Ted Lilly as a fallback position, more so than either Fausto Carmona or Roy Oswalt, each of whom have been rumored to have caught the Mets’ interest. Setting aside the absurdity…

  2. Cubs GM Jim Hendry says Carlos Zambrano's contract wasn't a bad deal … and he's right

    Jun 28, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    At this point anything having to do with Carlos Zambrano seems like a disaster, but general manager Jim Hendry said yesterday that the five-year, $91.5 million extension the Cubs gave the now-suspended right-hander in mid-2007 was a perfectly reasonable deal: There was nothing wrong with the investment. This guy was an outstanding pitcher in the…

  3. Other bidders are sniffing around the Rangers

    Jun 28, 2010, 11:13 AM EDT

    Danial Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal reports that two bidders — Dallas businessman Jeff Beck and Houston businessman Jim Crane — have been in touch with the Rangers’ creditors recently. Both Beck and Crane have a history with the Rangers sale, with Beck being the primary financing source behind agent Dennis Gilbert’s failed bid, and Crane…

  4. Bummer: no Jason Heyward-Stephen Strasburg matchup tonight

    Jun 28, 2010, 10:24 AM EDT

    This is a bummer: because Jason Heyward has a bum thumb, he won’t be in the lineup for tonight’s Braves-Nationals game and thus we won’t get a chance to see a matchup between the year’s most-hyped rookie hitter and most-hyped rookie pitcher. Note, I said “most-hyped” rookie hitter, not the best. Because, as I noted…

  5. A Cliff Lee-to-the-Mets deal gets complicated

    Jun 28, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

    UPDATE: Joel Sherman contradicts the Burkhardt report, saying that the Mets will not require a negotiating window with Lee if Mejia is involved in a deal. 9:07 A.M.: I said last week that I think the Mets are the frontrunners for Cliff Lee because (a) they have a top young pitcher they are willing to…

  6. Keith Hernandez wants to contract four teams. Does it make any sense?

    Jun 28, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

    I don’t think it does, but who would you contract if you could? And why?

  7. What the heck is going on with Valentine and the Marlins?

    Jun 28, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    The only thing we know for sure is that Edwin Rodriguez is still the manager of the Marlins. Which, given what I said the other day about the whole Puerto Rico thing, is nice.  Otherwise: pure chaos. As Drew chronicled last night in a series of updates that reflects just how wacky the situation is…

  8. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jun 28, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Stuff you missed while frolicking in the lawn sprinkler and eating popsicles on the front porch.

  9. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 28, 2010, 5:42 AM EDT

    Maybe the Pirates-Athletics game isn’t worthy of the top spot in ATH on the merits, but it did give us the best pic of the day, no?

  10. The Week Ahead: A Puerto Rican hero goes home

    Jun 27, 2010, 11:52 PM EDT

    There has been a lot of focus on Bobby Valentine as potentially being the next manager of the Florida Marlins, but lost in the shuffle is the interesting story of Marlins interim manager Edwin Rodriguez. Rodriguez, who was promoted from the Marlins Triple-A affiliate in New Orleans just a week ago to replace the fired Fredi…

  11. UPDATE: Valentine no longer being considered by Marlins

    Jun 27, 2010, 10:34 PM EDT

    Something must have gone seriously wrong on Saturday or Sunday in south Florida because Bobby Valentine is no longer under consideration for the Marlins’ opening at manager. Or is he?

  12. Victor Martinez diagnosed with fracture in left thumb

    Jun 27, 2010, 9:23 PM EDT

    Victor Martinez was diagnosed with a fracture in the tip of his left thumb Sunday after departing early from the Red Sox’s 5-1 victory over  the Giants.  He was hit on the hand with multiple foul tips over the first four innings of the game, and one obviously got him good. Another Boston ballplayer bites…

  13. Umpire admits blowing call Friday in Tigers-Braves game

    Jun 27, 2010, 7:35 PM EDT

    The Tigers were on the short end of yet another awful call this weekend.

  14. Upton, Longoria involved in argument in Rays dugout

    Jun 27, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT

    Third baseman Evan Longoria and outfielder B.J. Upton had to be separated in the Rays’ dugout Sunday after Longoria got in Upton’s face for failing to hustle after a ball that was hit to the Tropicana Field wall in the fifth inning. The would-be double turned into a triple for D’Backs first baseman Rusty Ryal…

  15. Dustin Pedroia expected to miss around six weeks

    Jun 27, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Sean McAdam of CSN New England heard from a source Sunday that injured Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is likely to miss between four and six weeks.

  16. Cubs have not heard from Zambrano since Friday

    Jun 27, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    The Cubs suspended right-hander Carlos Zambrano indefinitely on Friday after he went on a tirade in the dugout, and then stripped him of his rotation spot on Saturday.  Now he’s getting the silent treatment. According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, the Cubs have not spoken with Zambrano since he was handed the team-imposed indefinite suspension…

  17. No progress in extension talks between Brewers, Fielder

    Jun 27, 2010, 2:51 PM EDT

    Brewers GM Doug Melvin told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Tom Haudricourt on Saturday that his club has made little progress toward a contract extension with slugger Prince Fielder and his agent, Scott Boras. Melvin and Co. had been in talks with Boras during spring training, but it sounds like the two sides have very different opinions…

  18. Orioles designate Garrett Atkins for assignment

    Jun 27, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    The Orioles finally pulled the trigger and rid themselves of Garrett Atkins on Sunday, designating him for assignment to clear 25-man roster space for now-healthy reliever Koji Uehara. This via Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com. Atkins had played in just six of the Orioles’ last 23 games, so the dump should come as no surprise. The…

  19. UPDATE: Branyan headed back to M's in confusing deal

    Jun 27, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    Russell “The Muscle” Branyan is headed back to Seattle in a strange, strange swap.

  20. Matthews Jr. hitless in first game with Louisville

    Jun 27, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    The Reds handed outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. a contract last week and stuck him in Triple-A so that he could build some confidence and perhaps help the big league club in the long-run.  That was the plan, at least. Matthews Jr. made his debut for the Louisville Bats on Saturday and you may be able…

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