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  1. Stephen Strasburg aims for Aug. 10-12 return

    Jul 31, 2010, 7:30 PM EST

    Stephen Strasburg will throw Sunday for the first time since going on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. The plan is for Strasburg to throw off flat ground Sunday, play long toss Monday and throw a bullpen session Wednesday. If he comes through the bullpen session fine, a return in the Aug. 10-12 series…

  2. Nationals to announce signing of Cuban pitcher Yunesky Maya

    Jul 31, 2010, 5:40 PM EST

    The Nationals will officially announce the signing of Cuban pitcher Yunesky Maya on Saturday, according to Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider. We learned that the Nationals reached a preliminary agreement with the 28-year-old right-hander earlier this month. According to what Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, it sounds like…

  3. Red Sox add reclamation project Jarrod Saltalamacchia in deal with Rangers

    Jul 31, 2010, 5:08 PM EST

    Moments before this afternoon’s trade deadline the Red Sox made a move to get former top catching prospect Jarrod Saltalamacchia, which is interesting considering Victor Martinez and Jason Varitek are both impending free agents. Given his recent health problems and uncertain future behind the plate acquiring Saltalamacchia shouldn’t be seen as a long-term answer at…

  4. UPDATE: Astros close to multi-year deal with Brett Myers

    Jul 31, 2010, 4:49 PM EST

    UPDATE: Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that the Astros are close to a multi-year deal with right-hander Brett Myers. The Astros were reported to be reluctant to trade Myers, though many — including myself — thought they were bluffing. The 29-year-old right-hander has been a real bargain for the ‘Stros this season, compiling a 3.10…

  5. Yankees designate Chan Ho Park for assignment

    Jul 31, 2010, 4:49 PM EST

    To make room on the roster for their various trade-deadline pickups, the Yankees have designated Chan Ho Park for assignment. The move comes as no surprise, because Park has struggled mightily after signing a one-year, $1.2 million deal this offseason and earlier this week the Yankees were said to be trying to “unload” him. With…

  6. The Royals give Ned Yost a two-year extension

    Jul 31, 2010, 4:41 PM EST

    In addition to announcing the Ankiel and Farnsworth trade, the Kansas City Royals just announced that they have given Ned Yost a two-year contract extension. I like this move, really. Ned Yost is not John McGraw, but he’s what this team needs right now. Both as a manager — he has a track record of…

  7. Adam Dunn stays put

    Jul 31, 2010, 4:39 PM EST

    It went down to the wire with big talk from lots of people, but at the end of the day Adam Dunn remains a National. He’ll be in the lineup tonight against the Phillies. There’s little chance that Dunn would get traded in August on a waiver deal, it seems. Yes, he makes a lot…

  8. Red Sox reportedly trade reliever Ramon Ramirez to Giants

    Jul 31, 2010, 4:31 PM EST

    According to Alex Speier of WEEI.com the Red Sox have traded right-handed reliever Ramon Ramirez to the Giants, who also added left-hander Javier Lopez to the bullpen moments earlier. No word yet on what the Red Sox will receive in return, but they were said to be discussing Ramirez-for-Rod Barajas with the Mets before Barajas…

  9. Oh, fabulous: the Braves get Rick Ankiel and Kyle Farnsworth

    Jul 31, 2010, 4:29 PM EST

    Not content to acquire an awful player from the Royals at the deadline, the Braves got two!  Rick Ankiel and Kyle Farnsworth.  In exchange, the Braves give up reliever Jesse Chavez, outfielder Gregor Blanco and prospect Tim Collins, who just came over from the Blue Jays in the Yunel Escobar deal. [composing myself] Ankiel hasn’t…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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.…

  20. 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…

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