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  1. Report: Marlins acquire Will Ohman from Orioles

    Jul 31, 2010, 4:14 PM EST

    Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have traded Will Ohman to the Marlins. Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that the Orioles will receive right-hander Rick Vandenhurk in return. Ohman, 32, has a 3.30 ERA and 1.60 WHIP over 51 appearances with the Orioles this season. He has…

  2. Giants get lefty reliever Javier Lopez from Pirates for John Bowker and Joe Martinez

    Jul 31, 2010, 4:12 PM EST

    Not exactly a blockbuster trade, but the Giants have added Javier Lopez to their bullpen as a left-handed specialist (or LOOGY). Lopez has held lefties to a .243/.337/.351 mark in 282 career innings, but the same arm angle that makes him so effective versus lefties has led to righties knocking him around to the tune…

  3. Report: Dodgers acquire Octavio Dotel from Pirates

    Jul 31, 2010, 4:05 PM EST

    UPDATE: Jeff Fletcher of AOL Fanhouse confirms that Dotel has been traded to the Dodgers in exchange for right-hander James McDonald and outfielder Andrew Lambo. Yeesh. Jayson Stark of ESPN.com adds that the Pirates are throwing in $500,000. That doesn’t make this deal any better. McDonald posted a 2.72 ERA in 41 relief appearances with…

  4. Rumor: Giants, Jays, Dbacks talk three-way trade

    Jul 31, 2010, 3:42 PM EST

    And that’s all we know. FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi says San Francisco, Toronto and Arizona have discussed a three-way deal, but he has no additional details for us. It’s well known that the Giants have interest in both Jose Bautista and Scott Downs from Toronto. But I’m struggling to see how the Diamondbacks fit in…

  5. Rumor: Giants might resurrect deal for Corey Hart

    Jul 31, 2010, 3:33 PM EST

    Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that the Giants may resurrect talks to acquire Corey Hart from the Brewers “at the last minute.” Hart has been connected in talks with the Giants all month, but just returned to the starting lineup last night after jamming his right wrist last Friday. It’s worth noting…

  6. The Yankees land Kerry Wood

    Jul 31, 2010, 3:28 PM EST

    The Yankees traded for Indians’ closer Kerry Wood.  They gave up a player to be named later (right now I think half the Indians’ roster consists of players to be named later) and — get this — the Indians kicked cash into the deal. How on Earth the Yankees are convincing teams like the Indians…

  7. Dodgers get better, worse with Ted Lilly acquisition

    Jul 31, 2010, 3:27 PM EST

    There’s a case to be made that Ted Lilly was worth Blake DeWitt, Brett Wallach and Kyle Smit. What I don’t get was why Ryan Theriot was a part of these talks, unless he’s about to be spun into another trade. Theriot is hitting just .284/.320/.327 in 388 at-bats this season. If he’s a better…

  8. Red Sox reportedly won't trade Mike Lowell today

    Jul 31, 2010, 3:22 PM EST

    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com the Red Sox “will not trade Mike Lowell” before this afternoon’s deadline. Boston hasn’t even activated Lowell from the disabled list yet despite his being ready to return following an impressive five-game rehab assignment at Triple-A, keeping him in roster limbo while they work on other deals. However, because…

  9. Rumor: Braves talking to the Red Sox about Jacoby Ellsbury

    Jul 31, 2010, 3:21 PM EST

    This is still only at the random chatter stage, but I’ve seen a couple of people in the Twitterverse who work and/or talk with people who Know Things — the latest being Brent Gambill of MLB Network Radio — say that the Braves are talking to the Red Sox about Jacoby Ellsbury. I could talk…

  10. Mariners send struggling Justin Smoak to minors

    Jul 31, 2010, 3:14 PM EST

    The Mariners have sent Justin Smoak to Triple-A Tacoma, according to Jim Street of MLB.com. The 23-year-old first baseman has struggled miserably since being being acquired from the Rangers in the Cliff Lee trade on July 9, batting just .159/.169/.270 with two home runs, five RBI and a pathetic 23/1 K/BB ratio over 63 at-bats.…

  11. UPDATE: Rays interested in Scott Downs and Brandon League

    Jul 31, 2010, 3:01 PM EST

    UPDATE: Maybe not. Jayson Stark of ESPN.com hears the Rays are unlikely to make another deal today. Don’t worry, this madness will be over in an hour or so. 2:24 PM: The Rays already picked up Chad Qualls from the Diamondbacks today, but with Grant Balfour expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a strained intercostal/rib…

  12. Braves, White Sox still trying to add bats

    Jul 31, 2010, 2:55 PM EST

    I have it on the most reliable authority that impatient Braves fans are wanting Frank Wren to add a bat before the trade deadline hits in an hour and change. Likewise, unless “add Edwin Jackson” was at the top of every White Sox fan’s list this week, partisans of the pale hose are still waiting…

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

    Jul 31, 2010, 2:18 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 31, 2010, 2:10 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 31, 2010, 2:05 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 31, 2010, 1:58 PM EST

    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…

  17. Fred Wilpon is getting sued over Madoff investments

    Jul 31, 2010, 1:37 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 31, 2010, 1:23 PM EST

    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,…

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

    Jul 31, 2010, 1:05 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 31, 2010, 1:04 PM EST

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

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