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  1. Shocker: New York writer says ballplayer won't hack it in New York

    Jul 31, 2010, 8:17 AM EST

    I really can’t stand stuff like this blog post from Jeff Pearlman, in which he opines that Lance Berkman won’t be able to hack it in New York. The argument basically boils down to this: Berkman is a great clubhouse guy and a total pro, but he’s a “country dude” who is “an off-the-charts right-winger,”…

  2. The Rays and Dbacks are about to strike a deal for Chad Qualls

    Jul 31, 2010, 7:16 AM EST

    The Diamondbacks are on the verge of sending reliever Chad Qualls to the Rays in exchange for a player to be named later. Chad Qualls is 1-4 with an 8.51 ERA and has a salary of over $4 million this year. Word is that the Rays are picking up all that’s left of the salary.…

  3. UPDATE: Pirates close to deal for D-Backs' Chris Snyder

    Jul 31, 2010, 1:10 AM EST

    UPDATE: Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic hears that the Diamondbacks are “close” to trading Chris Snyder to the Pirates. In fact, according to Piecoro, it sounds like the only thing standing in the way of a deal is approval from the commissioner’s office. Piecoro is not sure of the players the D-Backs will receive…

  4. Roy Oswalt knocked around by Nats in Phillies debut

    Jul 30, 2010, 10:51 PM EST

    Those Nats sure know how to ruin a good party, huh? Roy Oswalt was beat up pretty good in his Phillies debut Friday night, allowing five runs — four earned — over six innings as part of an 8-1 loss. He gave up seven hits — including four extra-base hits — and two walks while…

  5. The Yankees might not be done

    Jul 30, 2010, 10:05 PM EST

    It’s been a busy Friday for the Yankees, but they are still in on Ted Lilly.

  6. Report: Yankees acquire Austin Kearns from Indians

    Jul 30, 2010, 9:28 PM EST

    Just a short while ago, Jon Paul Morosi of tipped us off that Austin Kearns was removed from the seventh inning of tonight’s game against the Blue Jays for a pinch-runner. Very curiously timed because of tomorrow’s trade deadline. Well, it was done for a very important reason, because the Yankees have acquired Kearns,…

  7. Astros to receive two prospects for Lance Berkman

    Jul 30, 2010, 9:24 PM EST

    Astros reportedly to receive right-hander Mark Melancon and infielder Jimmy Paredes for Lance Berkman.

  8. Nats GM Mike Rizzo is messing with people's heads

    Jul 30, 2010, 9:12 PM EST

    Based on what Buster Olney of just tweeted, it’s pretty fair to say that Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo is driving his fellow general managers crazy. According to Olney, the Nationals had told teams interested in Adam Dunn that a “key piece” to get a deal done was Edwin Jackson. This forced teams to…

  9. REPORT: Yankees acquire Lance Berkman from Astros

    Jul 30, 2010, 8:55 PM EST

    It won’t be official until Saturday, but Lance Berkman has waived his no-trade clause to join the Bombers.

  10. Jacoby Ellsbury to join Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday

    Jul 30, 2010, 8:44 PM EST

    Fresh off three minor league rehab games with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox, Jacoby Ellsbury is set to play with Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday and Sunday, according to Ian Browne of Ellsbury was 3-for-7 with a stolen base with the GCL club and played all nine innings in center field on Thursday. He…

  11. Lance Berkman vetoed a trade to the White Sox

    Jul 30, 2010, 8:30 PM EST

    According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Lance Berkman recently invoked his no-trade clause to prevent a trade to the White Sox. Not that I reside in Berkman’s head or anything, but I wonder if the fact that the White Sox swept the Astros in the 2005 World Series played at least a small part…

  12. Report: Cards targeting Jake Westbrook

    Jul 30, 2010, 8:02 PM EST

    The Cardinals have Jake Westbrook at the top of their wish list, reports Jayson Stark of Spurned in their efforts to land Dan Haren or Roy Oswalt, the Cards were also talking to the Nationals about Livan Hernandez and the Rockies about Aaron Cook in recent days. No longer, according to Stark. Teams that…

  13. Rumor: Rockies don't want to trade Brad Hawpe

    Jul 30, 2010, 7:44 PM EST

    According to Jayson Stark of, the Rockies couldn’t trade Brad Hawpe right now “no matter what.” The reason? They might need to play Hawpe at first base depending upon the health of Todd Helton. Don’t buy it. It would behoove the Rockies to trade Hawpe now if they have no intention of picking up…

  14. Carlos Zambrano would waive his no-trade clause

    Jul 30, 2010, 7:16 PM EST

    Carlos Zambrano, who re-joined the team today, told Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times that he loves Chicago, but will waive his no-trade clause if the Cubs approach him with a potential trade. That’s awful nice of him given that he’s basically lost whatever minimal trade value he already had. Here’s the quote, via Paul…

  15. Juan Samuel might not stay with Orioles

    Jul 30, 2010, 6:41 PM EST

    New Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun that he will be keeping the team’s current coaching staff through the end of the season. So, where does that leave interim skipper Juan Samuel? Well, Showalter already told Samuel that he would like to retain him as his third base coach.…

  16. Jim Edmonds isn't sure he wants to be traded

    Jul 30, 2010, 6:16 PM EST

    According to Adam McCalvy of, the Red Sox recently asked the Brewers about the availability of Jim Edmonds, however the 40-year-old outfielder isn’t sure that he’ll accept a trade to a contender. No, Edmonds doesn’t have a no-trade clause — he was signed to an incentive-laden minor league contract — but Brewers general manager…

  17. Cody Ross is off the table

    Jul 30, 2010, 6:07 PM EST

    The fact that I’ve been the only person on the planet dropping references to Cody Ross in trade rumor stories these last few days is a testament to the ability of one’s fandom to overtake one’s objectivity from time to time. Intellectually I know that the Marlins aren’t really shopping him and that even if…

  18. UPDATE: Yankees "on verge" of trade for Lance Berkman

    Jul 30, 2010, 5:51 PM EST

    UPDATE: A source tells Ken Rosenthal of that Berkman gave approval of a trade to the Yankees earlier today, however he can waive the trade anytime in the next 24 hours because of his 10-5 rights. As such, this trade probably won’t be official until tomorrow afternoon. 5:10 PM: Earlier this afternoon Joel Sherman…

  19. Twins send Nick Blackburn and $14 million contract to minors

    Jul 30, 2010, 5:49 PM EST

    To create room on the roster for new closer Matt Capps the Twins have demoted Nick Blackburn to Triple-A. Minnesota misguidedly gave Blackburn a four-year, $14 million contract this offseason instead of simply going year-to-year with a player they controlled through 2013 anyway. Blackburn succeeded for two seasons despite a horrible strikeout rate and mediocre…

  20. The Blue Jays aren't likely to move Scott Downs

    Jul 30, 2010, 5:40 PM EST

    Scott Downs has been the best reliever available since the trade deadline Bacchanalia began, but Jayson Stark is now saying that he’s likely not going anywhere. Why? Mostly because the Blue Jays have continued to ask a hell of a lot for him.  They may just keep him, he says, and go to arbitration with…

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