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

    Jul 23, 2012, 2:10 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Jul 22, 2012, 3:42 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Jul 21, 2012, 9:14 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Jul 21, 2012, 12:18 PM EST

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    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…

  5. Johan Santana placed on disabled list with ankle injury

    Jul 21, 2012, 10:52 AM EST

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    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…

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

    Jul 20, 2012, 11:01 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 20, 2012, 3:00 PM EST

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    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…

  8. Dodgers make trade proposal to Cubs for Ryan Dempster

    Jul 19, 2012, 9:06 PM EST

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    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…

  9. Cubs acquire Justin Germano, scratch Casey Coleman

    Jul 19, 2012, 6:39 PM EST

    Justin Germano

    It looks like the Cubs are preparing for an inevitable Ryan Dempster trade. The team today acquired right-hander Justin Germano from the Red Sox for cash considerations and scratched Casey Coleman from his start for Triple-A Iowa. It’s assumed that Coleman would be promoted to pitch tomorrow against the Cardinals if a Dempster trade gets…

  10. Some team is going to want Paul Maholm, too

    Jul 19, 2012, 5:15 PM EST

    Paul Maholm

    Ryan Dempster is a human trade rumor and Matt Garza figures to be a popular topic at the deadline as well, but the Cubs may not be done from there; Paul Maholm should intrigue contenders as well. Look at what he’s done in his last four starts: June 29: 8 1/3 IP, 0 R, 6/1…

  11. James McDonald gives up six runs, wins anyway

    Jul 18, 2012, 7:11 PM EST

    James McDonald

    Maybe this really is the Pirates’ year. All-Star Game snub James McDonald won Wednesday despite surrendering six runs to the Rockies in five innings at Coors Field. The Pirates knocked Jeremy Guthrie around for six runs in the first three innings and scored three more times in the fifth in a 9-6 victory. McDonald became…

  12. Dempster could be traded by the end of the week

    Jul 17, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

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    If the Nationals, Red Sox, Braves, Tigers, Dodgers or whoever else is interested in Ryan Dempster wants him, they need to act now: An exec of one team talking to the #Cubs said today they’re working hard to move Ryan Dempster “by the end of the week.” — Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 17, 2012   Makes…

  13. You can never have too much of a good thing: the Nationals want pitching

    Jul 17, 2012, 2:03 PM EST

    Ryan Dempster

    The Nationals have the best rotation in the game, but Ken Rosenthal reports that that’s not stopping them from wanting to get better: The team is exploring trades for starting pitchers, including Cubs right-hander Ryan Dempster, according to major-league sources. They’re serious about shutting down Stephen Strasburg, it seems. And even if they aren’t, when was the last…

  14. The Red Sox after Ryan Dempster. Wait, no they’re not.

    Jul 17, 2012, 8:50 AM EST

    Ryan Dempster

    Gotta love the trade deadline. Last night: A source told ESPN’s Buster Olney that the Red Sox are aggressively pursuing the Cubs’ Ryan Dempster in a bid to shore up their rotation. This morning: A major league source denied a report that the Red Sox are “aggressive in the pursuit of Ryan Dempster.” To the contrary, the source suggested, the Sox…

  15. Report: Red Sox aggressively pursuing Ryan Dempster

    Jul 16, 2012, 6:03 PM EST

    Ryan Dempster

    A source told ESPN’s Buster Olney that the Red Sox are aggressively pursuing the Cubs’ Ryan Dempster in a bid to shore up their rotation. The Red Sox have already worked out one deal this year with their former employees in Chicago (team president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer), but the Marlon Byrd…

  16. We don’t have to worry too much about Ryan Dempster’s 10/5 rights

    Jul 16, 2012, 1:02 PM EST

    Ryan Dempster

    Ryan Dempster is a ten year veteran who has been with the same club for five years and that gives him the right to veto trades to anywhere.  That’s often a complication for the team making the trade, but not this time, as he told Ken Rosenthal recently that he’d go to “any contender.” Rosenthal…

  17. The Yankees are unlikely to get Hamels; are cool on Zack Greinke, Matt Garza and Ryan Dempster

    Jul 16, 2012, 11:04 AM EST

    Zack Greinke

    The Yankees’ recent strong stretch combined with the continued stumbling of the Orioles, Sox and Rays has given them a bit of a cushion. That said, they’d still probably want to add a starter if they can. Bur from the sounds of it, they aren’t terribly eager to go big game hunting at the deadlines.…

  18. So who’s available at the trade deadline?

    Jul 16, 2012, 9:18 AM EST

    Justin Upton

    The non-waiver trade deadline is coming. July 31, as usual. After a slow beginning to crazy season due to so many teams being in contention or erroneously believing so, the rumblings are getting louder. It’s great fun, yes? Over the next couple of weeks, we will obviously be writing individual posts for each of the…

  19. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Jul 16, 2012, 8:22 AM EST

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    I stopped doing these for some reason. Sorta forgot about them. But it seemed like a lot happened this weekend, so for those of you with lives that don’t entail them being tied to the Internet all weekend, here’s what you missed: Bill James doubles down on the Joe Paterno defense. It’s like watching a…

  20. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 16, 2012, 5:40 AM EST

    Ben Sheets

    Braves 6, Mets 1: Ben Sheets emerges from the restorative chemical waters of the Lazarus Pits to throw six shutout innings against the Mets. Too bad this series is over. I heard the Braves were going to run Rich Harden out there tonight and maybe Mark Prior on Tuesday to see if the Mets are just as prone…

  21. Aroldis Chapman blows away the Cardinals

    Jul 15, 2012, 11:22 PM EST

    Aroldis Chapman

    One would never know Aroldis Chapman was pitching for the third straight day for the first time in two years Sunday. The Cuban left-hander fanned all three Cardinals he faced to protect a 4-2 lead in the ninth as the Reds completed their sweep tonight. Chapman pitched in all three games, striking out eight and…

  22. Ryan Dempster may have made final start for Cubs

    Jul 15, 2012, 2:11 PM EST

    Ryan Dempster

    ESPN’s Buster Olney is among those who believe Ryan Dempster made his final Cubs start Saturday, when he extended his scoreless-inning streak to 33. The Cubs might be in more of a hurry to move Dempster not just because his value is at a high point but also to help clear the way for a…

  23. Ryan Dempster runs scoreless streak to 33 innings in win over Diamondbacks

    Jul 14, 2012, 4:18 PM EST

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    Ryan Dempster continues to do wonders for his trade value. In his second start back after missing three weeks with a strained right lat muscle, Dempster tossed six shutout innings this afternoon as part of a 4-1 win over the Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field. He now has a career-high 33-inning scoreless streak dating back to…

  24. Orioles ‘poking around’ on Jason Vargas

    Jul 12, 2012, 6:02 PM EST

    Jason Vargas

    Like a kid checking out a dead frog with a sharp stick, I presume. ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark reported Thursday that the Orioles are now shying away from Matt Garza and are “poking around on” Seattle’s Jason Vargas as they attempt to upgrade their starting pitching. Hopefully, this is nothing more than due diligence. Vargas has…

  25. Cubs release veteran reliever Mike MacDougal

    Jul 11, 2012, 7:59 PM EST

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    From Matt Eddy of Baseball America comes word that the Cubs have released right-hander Mike MacDougal from the roster at Triple-A Iowa. MacDougal, who began the 2012 season with the Dodgers, posted a 7.85 ERA and 2.56 WHIP across 19 relief appearances for the Iowa Cubs, walking 16 batters and fanning only 11 in 18…

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