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  1. Rangers won’t deal for Michael Young

    Jul 27, 2013, 9:00 PM EST

    Michael Young AP

    Yesterday, we heard reports that the Rangers were considering re-acquiring third baseman Michael Young from the Phillies. Today, we learn that the Rangers have gone back on that, and will not deal for the veteran. Via MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan: The Rangers are not planning to bring back Michael Young. Major League sources said a trade…

  2. Rosenthal: Cubs listening to offers for Jeff Samardzija

    Jul 27, 2013, 4:50 PM EST

    Jeff Samardzija

    It’s was assumed the Cubs already moved their biggest chip when they sent Matt Garza to Texas, but work came down from FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal on Saturday that they’re listening to offers for Jeff Samardzija. Samardzija and the Cubs discussed a contract extension over the winter without getting very far. He’s making $2.64 million this…

  3. Report: Yankees GM Brian Cashman was against acquiring Alfonso Soriano

    Jul 27, 2013, 4:12 PM EST

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    The Yankees brought Alfonso Soriano back to the Bronx yesterday after completing a trade with the Cubs. But if GM Brian Cashman had his way, the deal wouldn’t have happened. Joel Sherman of the New York Post was told by “two executives not affiliated with the Yankees” that Cashman believed the team’s assets could be…

  4. Travis Hafner headed to disabled list with shoulder injury

    Jul 27, 2013, 4:07 PM EST

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    UPDATE: No word on the results of the MRI exam, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi told Jack Curry of YES Network that Hafner is headed to the disabled list. 12:01 PM: Travis Hafner has really scuffled for a couple of months now and it comes as no surprise that his health could be a big…

  5. Alex Rios said he was never approached about trade to Yankees

    Jul 27, 2013, 12:17 AM EST

    Alex Rios

    According to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, the Yankees gave the White Sox’s Alex Rios a long look, only to later move on to Alfonso Soriano. The reason: B4 traded for Soriano #Yankees checked in with #chisox on Rios were told on his no-trade and would not waive it so moved to #Cubs Soriano…

  6. Done deal: Alfonso Soriano to be in Yankees lineup tonight

    Jul 26, 2013, 8:23 AM EST

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    UPDATE: The trade haul for Chicago: minor league right-hander Corey Black. Black is the 25th ranked prospect in the Yankees organization. He has great velocity but zero command so he’s, to put it mildly, a project. UPDATE:  Buster Olney reports that the Cubs will pay roughly $17.7 million of the approximately $24.5 million left on Alfonso Soriano‘s…

  7. Yankees close to acquiring Alfonso Soriano from Cubs

    Jul 25, 2013, 7:50 PM EST

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    Alfonso Soriano‘s return to the Bronx has been rumored for the past couple of days, but a deal is almost official. According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, Cubs manager Dale Sveum said that Soriano has been scratched from tonight’s lineup against the Diamondbacks because a trade with the Yankees is close. In fact,…

  8. Are the Phillies working on a contract extension for Chase Utley?

    Jul 25, 2013, 8:53 AM EST

    Chase Utley

    Chase Utley is having a nice season. But (a) he’s 34; (b) his best baseball is certainly behind him, not in front of him; (c) his knees are ticking time bombs; and (d) the Phillies aren’t going anyplace and likely have to rebuild before they’re serious contenders again. In light of all of that, you…

  9. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 25, 2013, 7:00 AM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays' Price pitches against Boston Red Sox  during MLB American League Baseball game in Boston

    Rays 5, Red Sox 1: David Price tossed a one-run, five hit complete game, with a solo homer by Mike Napoli the only real blemish. He needed a mere 97 pitches. That’s what happens when you throw 72 strikes. The Sox and Rays are once again tied in the loss column. Dodgers 8, Blue Jays…

  10. Hunter Pence, Alex Rios and Kendrys Morales among Rangers’ trade deadline targets

    Jul 25, 2013, 12:38 AM EST

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    Via Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: The Rangers, facing the possibility that right-fielder Nelson Cruz could be suspended and without much production from their other outfielders, have set their sights on Chicago White Sox outfielder Alex Rios, San Francisco right fielder Hunter Pence and Seattle designated hitter Kendrys Morales to fill a need…

  11. Matt Garza beats Yankees in Rangers debut

    Jul 24, 2013, 11:16 PM EST

    Matt Garza

    Matt Garza‘s first start for the Rangers couldn’t have gone much better, as he allowed just an unearned run over 7 1/3 innings to pick up a victory in a 3-1 game against the Yankees on Wednesday. Garza struck out five and walked none to outshine Andy Pettitte in Pettitte’s best start in six weeks.…

  12. Alfonso Soriano sits, not traded yet

    Jul 24, 2013, 6:01 PM EST

    Alfonso Soriano

    The Alfonso Soriano Hug Watch is on, but while the aging slugger isn’t in the Cubs lineup for Wednesday’s game against the Diamondbacks, it was simply a scheduled day off, according to CSNChicago.com’s Patrick Mooney. The Cubs have newcomer Junior Lake filling in for Soriano in left field tonight. Lake had been playing center field…

  13. The Blue Jays are making it an easy call to sell

    Jul 24, 2013, 12:57 AM EST

    J.P. Arencibia

    After holding a players only meeting earlier in the day, the Blue Jays were up on the Dodgers 8-3 after six innings Tuesday night, only to give up seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings to lose 10-9. It was their sixth straight defeat. Even the All-Star setup crew is getting into the action…

  14. Rangers activate Alexi Ogando from the disabled list

    Jul 23, 2013, 5:17 PM EST

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    Alex Ogando is off the disabled list and back in the Rangers’ rotation after missing the past six weeks with biceps tendinitis. Ogando, who has a 2.93 ERA in 10 starts this season and a 3.09 ERA in 332 career innings split between the rotation and bullpen, will start tonight against the Yankees. He tossed…

  15. Alfonso Soriano-to-the-Yankees talk is “very premature”

    Jul 23, 2013, 3:15 PM EST

    Alfonso Soriano

    The New York side of the reporting late last night had Alfonso Soriano to the Yankees as all but a done deal.  The Chicago side, however, has come out today saying that discussions have been had but that it is not imminent. On MLB Network Radio today, Jed Hoyer said such reports are “very premature”…

  16. Jake Peavy sounds like he expects to be traded

    Jul 23, 2013, 11:51 AM EST

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    Now that Matt Garza has been traded Jake Peavy is likely viewed by many teams as the most attractive veteran starter available before July 31, and the White Sox right-hander certainly sounds like he expects to be dealt. Peavy looked good in his return from the disabled list Saturday and is scheduled to make his…

  17. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 23, 2013, 6:56 AM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox

    Rays 3, Red Sox 0: Matt Moore throws his first career shutout and it came in the first game of what, so far this year, is the Rays biggest series. Two hits allowed, one walk four strikeouts as the Rays cut a game off the Sox’ division lead, now sitting a half game back. Reds…

  18. Report: Yankees to reunite with Alfonso Soriano

    Jul 23, 2013, 2:26 AM EST

    Alfonso Soriano

    The New York Post reports that the Yankees are close to bringing Alfonso Soriano back to the Bronx, with the Cubs getting a mid-level prospect in return. Cash would facilitate the deal. Soriano is owed about $7 million for the rest of this year and then $18 million in the final year of his eight-year,…

  19. Cubs make out well in trading Matt Garza to Rangers

    Jul 22, 2013, 6:54 PM EST

    Matt Garza

    The new rules that took effect last year made trading quality free-agents-to-be to be trickier than ever. That’s because the deal itself makes a supplemental first-round pick just disappear into the ether. The acquiring team is forced to offer extra compensation for something it’s not going to get back in return, while the seller knows…

  20. MLB suspends Ryan Braun for the remainder of the season

    Jul 22, 2013, 5:42 PM EST

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    MLB announced that Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun has been suspended for the remainder of the season for “violations of the Basic Agreement and its Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.” Braun has already accepted the suspension and the former MVP issued a statement that said: “I realize now that I have made some mistakes.…

  21. Rangers acquire Matt Garza from Cubs for Mike Olt, C.J. Edwards, and Justin Grimm

    Jul 22, 2013, 5:03 PM EST

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    UPDATE: Rosenthal now says it’s a done deal, with the Cubs sending Garza to the Rangers for Triple-A third base prospect Mike Olt, Single-A pitching prospect C.J. Edwards, MLB right-hander Justin Grimm, and a player to be named later. Olt was a consensus top-50 prospect coming into the season and Edwards has been unbelievably good…

  22. Dale Sveum guarantees Matt Garza won’t be traded before tonight’s start

    Jul 22, 2013, 10:15 AM EST

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    Based on various reports last week Matt Garza was supposed to be traded by now, but he remains with the Cubs and manager Dale Sveum guaranteed that the right-hander will make his scheduled start tonight against the Diamondbacks. Well, sort of. “I’d say 100 percent he’s going to be pitching,” Sveum told Patrick Mooney of…

  23. Rangers now “only one of many teams” in on Matt Garza

    Jul 21, 2013, 11:08 AM EST

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    CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman has the exclusive: The Rangers and Cubs were set back on the Matt Garza talks to the point where the Rangers are now viewed as only one of many teams now in the mix for the star righthander. The impressions left now is Texas and Chicago made no progress in overcoming the snag that derailed a deal…

  24. The Cubs wanted the Indians to part with Lonnie Chisenhall for Matt Garza

    Jul 20, 2013, 9:45 PM EST

    Lonnie Chisenhall

    It is well-known that the Indians are looking for starting pitching as the July 31 trade deadline draws closer, but they weren’t willing to part with third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall for Cubs starter Matt Garza, reports Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer. Chisenhall, still just 24 years old, has had an up-and-down year, spending a…

  25. When 99 percent is not 99 percent

    Jul 20, 2013, 8:53 AM EST

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    I figure the Matt Garza-to-Texas trade is going to happen. There’s certainly been a lot of talk about it. But really, I don’t know. We’ll hear when we hear. But I can’t help but laugh when, twice a year — during hot stove time and now, just before the trade deadline — I am once again…

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