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  1. Pat Burrell, naked, soaking wet, holding beer

    Aug 17, 2010, 8:49 AM EST

    No, there is no photo here, thank goodness.

  2. The nail-biting Bryce Harper negotiation ended with . . . pie

    Aug 17, 2010, 8:25 AM EST

    Adam Kilgore has the breakdown of the up-to-the-deadline Bryce Harper negotiations that resulted in his signing last night. It’s a good read because Kilgore is a good reporter. Still, I can’t help but think that Stan Kasten and Mike Rizzo are milking this a bit. I’d really like to catch Boras or those guys in…

  3. And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

    Aug 17, 2010, 6:08 AM EST

    The David Price-Cliff Lee pitchers duel wasn’t exactly as stunning as advertised. I probably should stop advertising such things.

  4. Draft deadline wrapup: Padres' fail to sign Karsten Whitson

    Aug 17, 2010, 1:00 AM EST

    The negotiations are done, the numbers are in and Scott Boras’ wallet just got that much fatter: the deadline for 2010 draft picks to sign and all but three first-round picks inked contracts. We already knew that the Diamondbacks wouldn’t be signing sixth-overall pick Barret Loux, who failed a physical last month and will apparently…

  5. Nationals ink Bryce Harper to $9.9 million contract

    Aug 17, 2010, 12:28 AM EST

    After plenty of give and take, the Nationals signed first-overall pick Bryce Harper to a major league deal worth a guaranteed $9.9 million prior to Monday’s midnight deadline. According to, Harper gets a $6.25 million signing bonus, though that will be paid over a five-year span. He’ll receive salaries of $500,000 in 2011 and…

  6. UPDATE: Dylan Covey opts not to sign with Brewers due to diabetes

    Aug 16, 2010, 11:10 PM EST

    UPDATE: The father of Dylan Covey told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that a recent diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes was the reason his son opted not to sign with the club. “This was crushing, to both us and the Brewers,” said Darrell Covey. “We were all in shock. It had nothing to do…

  7. UPDATE: Pirates ink No. 2 overall pick Jameson Taillon

    Aug 16, 2010, 10:10 PM EST

    UPDATE: According to Jon Heyman of, Taillon will receive “a bit more than $5 million” from the Pirates. 9:05 PM: According to Chuck Finder of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pirates have agreed to terms with No. 2 overall pick right-hander Jameson Taillon. The pitcher’s father informed the paper of the signing. Terms haven’t been…

  8. Bill "Spaceman" Lee signs with Brockton Rox

    Aug 16, 2010, 9:20 PM EST

    According to the Associated Press, 63-year-old Bill “Spaceman” Lee has signed with the Brockton Rox of the Can-Am League on Monday. Lee, who recently made the news for some pointed comments after the death of George Steinbrenner, is expected to start the season finale against the Worcester Tornadoes on September 5. By the way, this…

  9. Report: Braves making run at Aramis Ramirez

    Aug 16, 2010, 9:13 PM EST

    A source close to the Braves organization told Talking Chop that the Braves have pulled an offer to 18th-round pick Zach Alvord in order to save money and make a run at Aramis Ramirez to step in for Chipper Jones at third base. The source said that Ramirez has yet to be placed on waivers,…

  10. Reds first-rounder Yasmani Grandal gets major league deal

    Aug 16, 2010, 8:45 PM EST

    University of Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal, the 12th overall pick in this year’s draft, has signed a major league contract worth $2.99 million with the Reds. Grandal was projected to go as high as fourth to Kansas City, but his contract demands had some teams wary and it appeared for a time as though he…

  11. Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann on track to return next week

    Aug 16, 2010, 8:08 PM EST

    According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey said that Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann “did well” during their bullpen sessions Monday. Davis and Niemann were placed on the disabled list early last week due to shoulder strains. Barring any setbacks, Hickey said they should be on track to…

  12. Jason Isringhausen's comeback on hold with elbow injury

    Aug 16, 2010, 7:10 PM EST

    Jason Isringhausen, who signed a minor league deal with the Reds last month after taking the first half of the season off, was placed on Triple-A Louisville’s DL Monday with a strained elbow. It could mark the end of Isringhausen’s comeback, given that the Reds weren’t anywhere near calling him up. He had allowed seven…

  13. After going 0-for the week, Chris Carter sent down by A's

    Aug 16, 2010, 6:45 PM EST

    Overmatched in six major league games, Chris Carter was sent down by the A’s on Monday with the team needing to make room for Conor Jackson. The A’s also opted to promote Travis Buck and send Jeff Larish to Triple-A. The 23-year-old Carter hit .362/.459/.691 with eight homers and 25 RBI in his final 25…

  14. Derrek Lee out of tonight's lineup with bulging disk in back

    Aug 16, 2010, 6:17 PM EST

    Derrek Lee homered in his first two at-bats Sunday, but then left the game in the fifth inning with back soreness and is out of the Cubs’ lineup for tonight’s game with a bulging disk in his lower back. It’s a tough break for Lee, who had smacked four homers in three games since returning…

  15. So, can the Mets void K-Rod's contract?

    Aug 16, 2010, 5:58 PM EST

    That’s the question Mets fans who don’t want to see K-Rod’s mondo-expensive contract continue to weigh on the team are asking in light of the revelation that Rodriguez injured himself punching a 62 year-old man.  My gut feeling: seems doubtful. This stuff is governed by a clause in the Uniform Player Contract every player signs.…

  16. K-Rod to miss rest of the season with thumb injury. Guess how he got it.

    Aug 16, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    Multiple outlets are reporting that Francisco Rodriguez has a thumb ligament injury that will require surgery which will put him out for the season. And yep, you guessed it: the injury came when he punched his girlfriend’s father last week. I don’t suppose the result of the punches he threw render the intention to throw…

  17. Giants sign first-round pick Gary Brown for $1.3 million

    Aug 16, 2010, 5:18 PM EST

    Now we’re down to 15 unsigned first-round picks, as the Giants inked No. 24 overall selection and Cal-State Fullerton outfielder Gary Brown to a $1.3 million bonus. Brown is basically getting the MLB-recommended “slot” bonus, as last year’s No. 24 pick received $1.25 million. Considered one of the fastest players in the country, he broke…

  18. The Braves may be interested in Clint Barmes. Why? I have no idea

    Aug 16, 2010, 5:04 PM EST

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Braves may be interested in Rockies’ second baseman Clint Barmes and could either claim him or trade for him if Colorado places him on waivers. Which kind of makes no sense to me. The thinking would be that Barmes would play second, allowing Martin Prado to cover third base now…

  19. GM says Brad Penny "below 50 percent chance" of returning

    Aug 16, 2010, 4:48 PM EST

    Last month the Cardinals abandoned any timetable for Brad Penny’s return from shoulder problems and yesterday general manager John Mozeliak said the injured right-hander has a “below 50 percent chance” of pitching again this season. Penny last pitched on May 21, so that means he could end up missing five months with what has been…

  20. Nelson Cruz heads back to the DL

    Aug 16, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    Nelson Cruz is on the disabled list for the third time this season because of hamstring issues. He already had a right hamstring strain and a left hamstring strain. This one is a left, so he’ll probably need to pull that right one again in order to balance things out. Cruz is hitting .320 with…

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