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  1. Everyone is interested in David DeJesus

    Jun 28, 2010, 5:44 PM EDT

    With the usual “Jim Bowden is very often wrong about such matters” disclaimer, I’ll pass along his word that the Braves, Reds and Red Sox are all talking to the Royals about David DeJesus. DeJesus, who has emerged as the prize position player at this year’s deadline — at least prized position player who is…

  2. The Phillies are looking to add a mid-range pitcher

    Jun 28, 2010, 5:24 PM EDT

    All the talk is about Cliff Lee, but the real action at the deadline may be with third and fourth starter types. Earlier today we heard of the Mets’ interest in Fausto Carmona or Ted Lilly (though Lilly is probably more of a second starter). Now we hear from Buster Olney that the Phillies are…

  3. The Dodgers won't be doing much of anything at the deadline

    Jun 28, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

    Buster Olney just reported what many Dodgers fans feared: There is very little expectation within the Dodgers’ org. that major $ — or even middling $ — will be made available to add a pitcher. I mean really, it’s not like they’re in a pennant race with teams pitching circles around them or anything (oh,…

  4. Jason Heyward may be playing with pain all year

    Jun 28, 2010, 4:27 PM EDT

    David O’Brien reports that Jason Heyward is suffering from a strained thumb ligament that, while not requiring surgery, will likely bother Heyward for the rest of the season (i.e. “until Heyward gets extended rest in the offseason). It’s been apparent for some time that he’s not been right, as he’s been hitting a mere .172/.274/.232…

  5. The Cardinals may be in on the Cliff Lee Derby

    Jun 28, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse risks being sued by Scott Boras for using the phrase “mystery team” in referring to a Cliff Lee rumor, but he’ll take that risk to bring you the latest rumor. And the rumor is this: The Cardinals may be the “mystery team” making a play for Cliff Lee. Price suggest…

  6. Royals reportedly 'really pushing to move Jose Guillen'

    Jun 28, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Buster Olney of reports that “the Royals are really pushing to move Jose Guillen and continue to tell teams they will eat a lot of dollars.” I’ll be shocked if the Royals can get any kind of decent prospect for Guillen, which is why I suggested last month they’d be better off simply dumping…

  7. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Jun 28, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    The Yankees (and Jeter’s hand in that pic) are on top. The Pirates (and Cano’s hand in that pic) are on the bottom. Who’s in between?

  8. Joe Mauer leads Home Run Derby voting despite 3 homers

    Jun 28, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    In addition to the usual All-Star game balloting MLB is also running a vote for fans to select the Home Run Derby participants. Albert Pujols is leading the National League and Joe Mauer is leading the American League. Mauer and Pujols both hit five homers in the opening round of the Home Run Derby last…

  9. Eric Wedge had a great interview with the Orioles

    Jun 28, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    That’s according to Heyman. I have no idea what constitutes a “great” interview for a job in which the candidates are already well known and already have very public records. Maybe he answered that “where do you see yourself in five years” question better than anyone ever has. Maybe the writing sample was really, really…

  10. The next 300-game winner? How about Jamie Moyer?

    Jun 28, 2010, 1:55 PM EDT

    When Tom Glavine won his 300th game in 2007 dozens of short-sighted columnists wrote about how he’d be “the last 300-game winner.” He wasn’t, of course. In fact, less than two years later Randy Johnson won his 300th, which resulted in even more columns claiming he’d be the last to join the club. One of…

  11. Clay Buchholz has a hamstring tear

    Jun 28, 2010, 1:26 PM EDT

    The Red Sox’ Clay Buchholz, who was originally reported to have hyperextended his knee, has been diagnosed with a minor lower hamstring tear.  He’s still confident that he’ll make his next start, but that doesn’t seem bloody likely, now, does it? I mean, sure, I’m not a doctor, but “torn hamstring” sounds simply icky, no?…

  12. Quote of the Day: Edwin Jackson on his no-hitter

    Jun 28, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

    Sometimes repeated readings help turn what first looked like nonsense into wisdom. This is not one of those times.

  13. Rangers knock around potential trade target Roy Oswalt

    Jun 28, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Teams will often acquire players who have done well against them, which is natural on one level and kind of silly on another. For instance, a couple years ago the Twins acquired veteran outfielder Craig Monroe from the Cubs and repeatedly talked about how he was a career .321 hitter against them. Monroe went on…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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?

  20. 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…

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