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  1. Alfonso Soriano drawing interest from “at least one club”

    Jul 25, 2012, 8:19 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Chicago White Sox

    Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano is owed $36 million over the next two seasons, but he’s actually been pretty productive this summer and there are almost no power-hitters available on the trade market. So the overpaid 36-year-old is actually drawing interest. From Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports comes word that “at least one club has…

  2. Randy Wells undergoes elbow surgery, likely out for season

    Jul 25, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

    Randy Wells AP

    If the Cubs trade Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza it won’t be Randy Wells stepping into one of the vacant rotation spots, as the right-hander underwent elbow surgery this week. It was arthroscopic, rather than the more serious Tommy John variety, but Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago reports that Wells is all but certain to…

  3. The Dodgers and Phillies may not be done yet

    Jul 25, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    The Phillies signed Cole Hamels. The Dodgers traded for Hanley Ramirez and may still yet snag Ryan Dempster.  But Ken Rosenthal says that they may hook up for some more deadline dealing: Source: #Dodgers deal for Victorino or Pence possible even if team gets Dempster along with H. Ramirez. LA has been in talks with…

  4. Frank Wren: the Braves have “moved on” from Ryan Dempster

    Jul 25, 2012, 9:43 AM EDT

    Getty Ryan Dempster

    The Braves are apparently done with Ryan Dempster. Braves’ GM Frank Wren was on 680 The Fan in Atlanta this morning, and he told Sandra Golden that a deal with Dempster is “highly unlikely,” and that the Braves “had paramaters that expired yesterday.”  He added “we’ve moved on.” This is a pretty big blow to the…

  5. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 25, 2012, 6:05 AM EDT

    Actor Sherman Hemsley dies at age 74 portrayed George Jefferson

    Holy moley, an awful lot of big news happened overnight. Ramirez a Dodger? Cole Hamels almost remaining with Philly? There were even some games! Athletics 7, Blue Jays 2: The A’s are streaking. That’s six in a row. Derek Norris hit a two-run homer and Yoenis Cespedes drove in three with a single. The A’s success at…

  6. Report: Cubs want Allen Webster from Dodgers for Ryan Dempster

    Jul 25, 2012, 12:06 AM EDT

    Allen Webster

    With the Dodgers’ top pitching prospect, Zach Lee, apparently off the table, the Cubs are currently asking for Allen Webster as the primary piece from L.A. in a Ryan Dempster deal, FOXSports.com’s Jon Morosi reports. The 22-year-old Webster is 4-8 with a 4.06 ERA and an 85/35 K/BB ratio in 88 2/3 innings for Double-A…

  7. Pirates acquire Astros left-hander Wandy Rodriguez

    Jul 24, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT

    wandy rodriguez ap

    It’s not quite a done deal yet, but MLB.com’s Tom Singer brings word that the Pirates are “focusing their quest for pitching help” on Astros left-hander Wandy Rodriguez and have “pulled the plug on other prospective deals” at the moment in order to concentrate on executing this one potential swap. Rodriguez has posted a 3.79 ERA,…

  8. Matt Garza excused from Cubs for birth of child

    Jul 24, 2012, 7:43 PM EDT

    garza field getty

    The trade deadline is still one week away, but Matt Garza may have thrown his last pitch for the Cubs. According to ESPN Chicago’s Doug Padilla, the right-hander was excused from the team Tuesday afternoon in Pittsburgh for the birth of his child back in Chicago. He’s also dealing with triceps tightness and will not…

  9. Ryan Dempster continues to blame the media for the trade going sideways

    Jul 24, 2012, 4:31 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster Getty

    The latest from Ryan Dempster: Dempster says he’s considering his “options,” and will take his time to make a decision. Sez Cubs did not “blindside” him, but media did. — Paul Sullivan (@PWSullivan) July 24, 2012   Last I checked a guy’s 10-5 rights do not prevent the press from reporting an impending trade that,…

  10. Here’s the holdup: Ryan Dempster wants to go to the Dodgers

    Jul 24, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    What we have here is … a failure to communicate. Someone with the Cubs assumed that Ryan Dempster was going to be OK going to the Braves. If they didn’t think that, they wouldn’t have gotten a deal in place yesterday. But Ken Rosenthal reports that, nope, that’s not what Dempster wants: Chicago Cubs right-hander Ryan Dempster does…

  11. Ryan Dempster is withholding approval of the trade because he got “blindsided”

    Jul 24, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Getty Ryan Dempster

    Dale Sveum may want to say that the Ryan Dempster-to-Atlanta trade was a “fabrication” and an invention of “the Twitters,” and Dempster himself may want to say “THERE IS NO TRADE,” but Jerry Crasnick of ESPN is reporting that (a) the trade was very real; (b) Dempster initially suggested that he would approve of it;…

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

    Jul 24, 2012, 6:16 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Seattle Mariners

    Yankees 4, Mariners 1: Obviously Ichiro in Yankees clothing is the weirdest thing to hit baseball in some time. Must be how it felt to see Willie Mays wearing a Mets jersey or — and I really don’t think it’s hyperbole to say it — Babe Ruth in a Boston Braves uniform. OK, if that’s…

  13. Jeff Samardzija allows one hit over eight innings in beating Pirates

    Jul 23, 2012, 10:44 PM EDT

    Jeff Samardzija

    In a pitcher’s duel that included just six hits, the Cubs’ Jeff Samardzija was a little better than the Pirates’ Erik Bedard Monday, leading to a 2-0 win for the Cubs. Andrew McCutchen‘s infield single in the fourth was the only hit Samardzija gave up in eight innings of work. The Pirates got another single…

  14. Tigers get Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante from Marlins

    Jul 23, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

    Anibal Sanchez

    While the baseball world waits to see if Ryan Dempster to the Braves actually happens, the Marlins and Tigers have pulled off an even bigger trade. Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that Miami is sending right-hander Anibal Sanchez and infielder Omar Infante to Detroit. According to his colleage Ken Rosenthal the Marlins will get pitching…

  15. Not so fast: Ryan Dempster says “THERE IS NO TRADE”

    Jul 23, 2012, 3:54 PM EDT

    ryan dempster getty

    So everyone — Atlanta reporters, Chicago reporters and national reporters — is running with the Ryan Dempster-to-Atlanta trade.  Only one problem: Ryan Dempster seems to not know about it: THERE IS NO TRADE dont know where this info came from! — Dempster Foundation (@RyanDempsterFDN) July 23, 2012 And his knowledge of this is rather important…

  16. Cubs and Dodgers talking Matt Garza-for-Zach Lee swap

    Jul 23, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Matt Garza

    Last week reports had the Dodgers talking to the Cubs about starting pitching while being more interested in Matt Garza than Ryan Dempster. Now that Dempster has been traded to the Braves, this report from Jim Bowden of ESPN.com makes sense: He says the Cubs and Dodgers “continue trade discussions” on a deal that would…

  17. In Dempster for Delgado, the Braves are going all-in for this year

    Jul 23, 2012, 3:10 PM EDT

    Getty Ryan Dempster

    At the moment, Ryan Dempster stands a much better opportunity to help the Braves catch the Nationals or, at the very least, make the playoffs than does Randall Delgado.  Over the next five years — the time which the Cubs will control Delgado — they will almost certainly reap more value from him than Atlanta…

  18. UPDATE: Ryan Dempster traded to the Braves for Randall Delgado — maybe

    Jul 23, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster Getty

    UPDATE: Dave Kaplan of CSNChiago.com is reporting that Dempster has not yet approved the trade, as he must, as a 10-5 guy.  Dempster himself tweeted from his own Twitter account that there is no trade, at least not yet.  It’d be weird for this many reporters to report this much on such a deal from…

  19. Cubs “optimistic” that Matt Garza will avoid disabled list

    Jul 22, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

    garza navy getty

    Cubs righty Matt Garza made an early exit from his start Saturday against the Cardinals because of cramping in his triceps. But the early signs are good. According to CSNChicago.com’s Patrick Mooney, the Cubs are “optimistic” that Garza will avoid the disabled list and be able to make his next scheduled outing. X-rays came up…

  20. Matt Garza leaves outing in St. Louis with triceps injury

    Jul 21, 2012, 9:14 PM EDT

    garza getty

    Matt Garza is one of the Cubs’ best summer trade chips, but he might suddenly be damaged goods. According to beat writer Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, the right-hander was removed from Saturday’s game against the Cardinals after just three innings due to cramping in his right triceps. He fell down while trying to cover the first…

  21. Dodgers “very unlikely” to trade for Ryan Dempster

    Jul 21, 2012, 12:18 PM EDT

    Getty Ryan Dempster

    The Dodgers have long been considered the favorites to land Ryan Dempster, but it appears that their strategy is changing on the fly. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com is reporting that the Dodgers are now seen as “very unlikely” to trade for Dempster. The team would prefer to not deal some of their top prospects for…

  22. Johan Santana placed on disabled list with ankle injury

    Jul 21, 2012, 10:52 AM EDT

    Johan Santana Getty

    The Mets were considering skipping Johan Santana or at least pushing him back for a few days after he was knocked around for six runs over three innings last night against the Dodgers, but Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that they have decided to place him on the disabled list with a right…

  23. Ryan Dempster sees scoreless streak end in loss to Cards

    Jul 20, 2012, 11:01 PM EDT

    Matt Holliday, Ryan Dempster

    With trade rumors swirling, Ryan Dempster gave up three runs in the first and four overall Friday in the Cubs’ 4-1 loss to the Cardinals. The early outburst ended his scoreless streak at 33 innings. The Cubs were close enough to a deal that they had Justin Germano and Casey Coleman ready to be added to…

  24. The Nationals are “trying hard” for Ryan Dempster

    Jul 20, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster Getty

    The Dodgers are still thought to be in conversations with the Cubs over Ryan Dempster, but Jon Heyman says that the Nationals are “trying hard” for him too. Heyman says the Braves and the Tigers are in the mix too. Dempster is scheduled to start tonight, setting up the possibility for one of the more…

  25. Dodgers make trade proposal to Cubs for Ryan Dempster

    Jul 19, 2012, 9:06 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster Getty

    According to Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com, the Dodgers have made a trade proposal to the Cubs for right-hander Ryan Dempster. And, well, that’s all we have right now. Talks are said to be “fluid” and it isn’t clear whether top prospect right-hander Zach Lee is included in the Dodgers’ proposal. That seems unlikely, as it…

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