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  1. Rangers release catcher Yorvit Torrealba

    Aug 8, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

    Yorvit Torrealba AP

    Yorvit Torrealba wasn’t long for Texas as soon as the Rangers traded for Geovany Soto and today the veteran catcher was placed on release waivers. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers tried to trade Torrealba and his $3.25 million contract, but couldn’t find any takers. He’ll be outright released as soon as he…

  2. Mike Napoli rides the pine for the fourth time in a week

    Aug 8, 2012, 11:02 AM EST

    Mike Napoli AP

    UPDATE: Never mind. He’s out with quad soreness. Please stand down the Washington Doesn’t Like Mike Napoli alert. 11:02 AM: Mike Napoli didn’t play in last night’s game against the Red Sox. Geovany Soto did. Today, in a day game after a night game, Soto is in there again, with Napoli once again on the…

  3. Bryan LaHair’s roller coaster season results in a stint on the bench

    Aug 8, 2012, 10:31 AM EST

    Bryan LaHair

    Cubs first baseman/outfielder Bryan LaHair‘s season has gone from an All-Star berth to the bench: The Cubs’ feel-good story of the season isn’t feeling so good these days. LaHair is back to staring at another set of long odds after being told this week he’ll be a bench player for the rest of the season…

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

    Aug 8, 2012, 6:14 AM EST

    Rockford Files

    Tigers 6, Yankees 5: Miguel Cabrera homered for the third straight game. The dude is good. The Tigers have won six straight and, with the White Sox loss, pull to within a half game. Speaking of the Tigers, I found out last night that one of the people I hung out with at Comerica Park…

  5. Matt Garza out indefinitely with stress reaction in elbow

    Aug 6, 2012, 7:15 PM EST

    garza field getty

    UPDATE: Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com reports that Matt Garza suffered a stress reaction in his right elbow and is sidelined indefinitely. 5:47 PM: After keeping him on the active roster but unavailable to pitch for two weeks the Cubs are expected to finally place Matt Garza on the disabled list with a strained right triceps.…

  6. Ryan Dempster actually called the Dodgers himself

    Aug 6, 2012, 11:02 AM EST

    Ryan Dempster

    I know most of you are sick of the Ryan Dempster stuff, but I still find all of the things that led to his trade to the Rangers to be interesting. Here’s a new twist to it, reported by Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com: Dempster was so hung up on the Dodgers that Theo Epstein told…

  7. Cubs promote top prospects Josh Vitters, Brett Jackson

    Aug 5, 2012, 2:17 PM EST

    cubs logo

    The 43-62 Cubs are turning things over to the kids. According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, third base prospect Josh Vitters and outfielder prospect Brett Jackson are headed to Los Angeles, where they’ll be added to the active 25-man roster before the Cubs’ series-finale Sunday against the Dodgers. Vitters, the third overall selection in the 2007…

  8. Tigers get Jeff Baker from Cubs for two PTBNLs

    Aug 5, 2012, 1:43 PM EST

    jeff baker getty

    Yet another waiver transaction is in the books. Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com reports that the Cubs have traded utilityman Jeff Baker to the Tigers in exchange for two players to be named later. Baker, 31, had a .269/.306/.448 slash line, four homers, 10 doubles and 20 RBI in 144 plate appearances this season with Chicago.…

  9. Ryan Dempster thanks Cubs fans in full-page newspaper ad

    Aug 3, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    ryan dempster newspaper

    Ryan Dempster didn’t exactly leave Chicago on the greatest of terms, but perhaps this full-page newspaper ad thanking Cubs fans will help smooth over some of the bad feelings:

  10. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 3, 2012, 6:00 AM EST

    Ryan Dempster

    Rangers 15, Angels 9: Ryan Dempster was shelled in his Rangers debut, but it didn’t matter because C.J. Wilson was shelled too. Josh Hamilton drove in four. You have to wonder if Wednesday night’s game was some kind of turning point in this race. Rockies 8, Cardinals 2: Homers in four straight games for Josh…

  11. Ryan Dempster gets bombed, Rangers win anyway

    Aug 3, 2012, 12:35 AM EST

    Ryan Dempster

    Making his Rangers debut, Ryan Dempster surrendered eight runs Thursday against the Angels, yet opposing starter C.J. Wilson was just as bad and Texas won a shootout 15-9. Dempster gave up his eight runs in 4 2/3 innings, while Wilson, an ex-Ranger who left for Anaheim in free agency last winter,yielded eight runs in 5…

  12. Mike Olt makes Rangers debut as first baseman, No. 8 hitter

    Aug 2, 2012, 4:13 PM EST

    Jean Segura, Mike Olt

    Called up from Double-A late last night, Rangers prospect Mike Olt is making his big-league debut tonight starting at first base and batting eighth. Olt was primarily a third baseman in the minors and projects as a good defender there long term, but the Rangers already have one of the league’s best all-around third basemen…

  13. Ryan Dempster says he never turned down that deal to the Braves. Um, OK.

    Aug 1, 2012, 1:00 PM EST

    Getty Ryan Dempster

    Ryan Dempster was all-but-traded to the Braves last week, but rejected it with his 10/5 rights.  At least that’s what The Man wants you to believe. Dempster says it didn’t go down like that: “The truth of the matter is, at the end of the day, I didn’t turn down any trades. All I asked…

  14. Ryan Dempster was not blindsided this time

    Aug 1, 2012, 10:03 AM EST

    Ryan Dempster

    Unlike last week’s aborted trade to the Braves, Ryan Dempster made sure he was in the loop yesterday before getting sent to Texas: Ryan Dempster sat in the Cubs offices as the 3 p.m. trade deadline neared Tuesday, playing Golden Tee and watching the rumors about his fate played out on the MLB Network. With 4…

  15. Report: Rangers, Red Sox discussed Ellsbury, Beckett deal

    Aug 1, 2012, 1:58 AM EST

    Jacoby Ellsbury

    According to WEEI’s Rob Bradford, the Rangers and Red Sox discussed a blockbuster trade that would have sent Jacoby Ellsbury, Josh Beckett and Kelly Shoppach to Texas for undisclosed players. Two sources told Bradford of the talks, with one describing them as preliminary and another talking about them as more advanced before falling apart. If…

  16. A.J. Burnett loses no-hitter in eighth

    Jul 31, 2012, 10:39 PM EST

    A.J. Burnett

    11:00 p.m. EDT update: Burnett retired the side in order in the ninth to finish a one-hit shutout of the Cubs. It was his first shutout since 2006, his first year with the Blue Jays, but his 10th overall. He moved to 13-3 with a 3.27 ERA for the season. 10:39 p.m. EDT update: Burnett lost…

  17. Tales of Feliz, Bard figure to scare off future starting conversions

    Jul 31, 2012, 6:51 PM EST

    Aroldis Chapman

    If the Reds were still thinking of putting Aroldis Chapman into the rotation next year, today’s announcement will surely give them pause. Former Rangers closer Neftali Feliz will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss most or all of 2013 after being diagnosed with a torn UCL in his elbow. It means two of this year’s…

  18. Back injury sends Tommy Hanson to disabled list

    Jul 31, 2012, 5:45 PM EST

    Tommy Hanson AP

    Atlanta acquiring Paul Maholm last night makes even more sense with news that Tommy Hanson is headed to the disabled list with a back injury. Hanson has officially been diagnosed with a strained lower back and revealed that he’s been pitching through the injury since the All-Star break, which explains his 7.45 ERA in four…

  19. Rangers demote struggling Roy Oswalt to the bullpen

    Jul 31, 2012, 5:23 PM EST

    Roy Oswalt Getty

    UPDATE: No matter the reason(s) for Oswalt’s struggles, the Rangers have decided to demote him to the bullpen following their trade for Ryan Dempster. Last time Oswalt made more than one relief appearance in a season? As a 23-year-old rookie in 2001. ========== Roy Oswalt got lit up for three homers and a total of…

  20. Winners and losers at the trade deadline

    Jul 31, 2012, 4:49 PM EST

    Rangers celebrate

    One person’s thoughts on who made out best and worst at the trade deadline. Winners Texas Rangers: GM Jon Daniels wasn’t interested in parting with third baseman Mike Olt, much less shortstop Jurickson Profar, in order to counter the Angels’ Zack Greinke pickup, but he was able to keep his best prospects and land Ryan…

  21. HBT’s Trade Deadline Tracker

    Jul 31, 2012, 4:35 PM EST

    Lets make a deal

    The 2012 non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone. Here’s your summary of who went where and for whom: 7/31/12: The Indians Acquire 1B Lars Anderson from the Red Sox for RHP Steven Wright. Quick Take: Anderson is a once-promising slugger who has seemingly run out of gas on his third time through Triple-A. Wright…

  22. We weren’t expecting that! The Rangers land Ryan Dempster

    Jul 31, 2012, 4:05 PM EST

    Ryan Dempster

    After more than a week of flirtation with the Dodgers, a brief fling with the Braves, and then some footsie with the Yankees, Ryan Dempster has been traded.  To the Rangers. In exchange, the Cubs get third baseman Christian Villanueva and RHP Kyle Hendricks. There were rumblings this morning that the Rangers were involved, but many…

  23. Dead deal: Tigers no longer working on landing Alfonso Soriano from Cubs

    Jul 31, 2012, 3:27 PM EST

    Alfonso Soriano

    3:25 p.m. EDT update: USATODAY’s Bob Nightengale reports that Soriano won’ t be moved before the deadline. Of course, with his contract, he’ll clear waivers and could be dealt afterwards. CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler confirms that “Tigers people say they are not getting Soriano.” /// Alfonso Soriano wasn’t interested in going to San Francisco. What…

  24. Ryan Dempster tells Cubs he’d approve trade to Dodgers, Yankees, Rangers

    Jul 31, 2012, 2:42 PM EST

    Ryan Dempster

    UPDATE: Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that Dempster has informed the Cubs he’d waive his 10-and-5 trade veto rights for deals to the Dodgers, Yankees, and Rangers. In other words, Los Angeles has competition. ========== Ryan Dempster vetoed a potential deal to the Braves last week, leading to all sorts of drama, but it…

  25. Nationals, Rangers talks for Yorvit Torrealba go nowhere

    Jul 31, 2012, 1:09 PM EST

    Yorvit Torrealba AP

    UPDATE: So much for that: Kilgore now reports that the Nationals talked to the Rangers about Torrealba, but “one person involved says ‘it doesn’t look like a fit.’” ========== Yorvit Torrealba became expendable in Texas once the Rangers acquired Geovany Soto from the Cubs last night and after being designated for assignment he’s expected to…

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