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  1. Report: Alfonso Soriano won’t accept trade to San Fran

    Jul 30, 2012, 11:37 PM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    ESPN’s Jim Bowden reports that Alfonso Soriano has told the Cubs he will not accept a trade to the Giants. The main Soriano rumors of late have placed him with Ryan Dempster in a possible deal to the Dodgers. The Giants are looking for outfield help with Gregor Blanco fading, but Soriano lacks the defensive…

  2. Cubs send Paul Maholm, Reed Johnson to Atlanta; Geovany Soto to Texas

    Jul 30, 2012, 10:53 PM EDT

    Reed Johnson

    The Cubs started the unloading process Monday night, shipping left-hander Paul Maholm and outfielder Reed Johnson to the Braves right-handers Jaye Chapman and Arodys Vizcaino and catcher Geovany Soto to Texas for right-hander Jacob Brigham. Maholm satisfies the Braves’ need for a starter after the team originally tried trading for fellow Cub Ryan Dempster. Maholm has…

  3. Nationals sign Mike MacDougal to minor league deal

    Jul 30, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Mike MacDougal is on the move again, agreeing to a minor-league contract with the Nationals after previously being released by the Dodgers and Cubs this season. Last year MacDougal had a nice-looking 2.05 ERA in 69 appearances for the Dodgers, but his 41/29 K/BB ratio in 57 innings was significantly less impressive and this season…

  4. The Cubs are “trying to bend over backwards” to trade Ryan Dempster to the Dodgers

    Jul 30, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    So this is still happening: Source: #Cubs “trying to bend over backwards” to get Dempster to #Dodgers, his desired team. Talks continue. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 30, 2012   Can’t imagine that’s going too well for the Cubs. If they liked the Dodgers original offer they never would have moved on to the now-aborted…

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

    Jul 30, 2012, 6:06 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Braves 6, Phillies 2: Pretty good day for me yesterday. I took Mookie and Carlo to an amusement park and the Braves swept the Phillies. All I needed as a nice steak or something to cap the day and it would have been perfection.  Only the Astros, Rockies and Cubs have a bigger division deficit than the…

  6. Mets, Cubs talked Geovany Soto

    Jul 29, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT

    Geovany Soto

    It’s no secret that the Mets have been looking for a right-handed complement to Josh Thole behind the plate. That search led to talks with the Cubs regarding Geovany Soto this past week. Andy Martino broke the news today, but he said a deal was unlikely. Following up on it, the Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rogers…

  7. Anthony Rizzo delivers walkoff homer in Cubs’ win

    Jul 29, 2012, 6:06 PM EDT

    Rizzo walkoff

    Anthony Rizzo connected on what the Cubs hope is the first of many walkoff homers Sunday, taking Trevor Rosenthal deep in the 10th inning in a 4-2 win over the Cardinals. Here’s the video. It was the third homer in four games for Rizzo, who finished the day 3-for-4. The 22-year-old Rizzo has been streaky…

  8. Ted Lilly to begin minor league rehab assignment Sunday

    Jul 28, 2012, 10:45 AM EDT

    Ted Lilly Getty

    The Dodgers continue to be connected in trade rumors with Cubs right-hander Ryan Dempster, but they could get one of their own starters back from the disabled list in the near future. According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Ted Lilly is slated to begin a minor league rehab assignment Sunday with High-A Rancho Cucamonga. Lilly…

  9. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Jul 28, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

    Ben Sheets Getty

    Ben Sheets continued his surprising resurgence last night against the Phillies, allowing just one run over six innings as part of a 6-1 win. Sheets scattered six hits while striking out four and walking just one. He gave up his first earned run of the season on an RBI double by Shane Victorino in the…

  10. Travis Wood ties Cubs record by serving up five homers

    Jul 27, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    travis wood cubs

    As of three weeks ago Travis Wood was pitching really well for the Cubs, starting 10 games with a 3.05 ERA, but he’s been in a free fall since the All-Star break. First he allowed eight runs against the Marlins on July 17, then he gave up seven runs against the Cardinals on July 22,…

  11. So much for the Cubs trading Matt Garza: He’s out until after the deadline

    Jul 27, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    matt garza ap

    Trade rumors continued to swirl around Matt Garza despite the Cubs right-hander leaving his July 21 start with a triceps injury, but now he can be crossed off the list of pitchers potentially on the move before July 31. Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago reports that an MRI exam showed fluid in Garza’s triceps, which…

  12. “Dempster will have to answer some tough questions if he’s still a Cub after the deadline”

    Jul 27, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Getty Ryan Dempster

    Ill will in Chicago?  Dave Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reports that (a) the Ryan Dempster to Los Angeles trade is at a stalemate; and (b) Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are not likely to take less than what they feel is fair value for the guy.  So, if the Dodgers — who, according to Kaplan, believe…

  13. Report: Dodgers moving closer to landing Ryan Dempster

    Jul 26, 2012, 6:24 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    The Cubs and Dodgers are working on potential three-team scenarios to get Ryan Dempster to Los Angeles, sources tell CSNChicago’s David Kaplan. It’s believed the Cubs asked for right-hander Zach Lee and then right-hander Allen Webster in negotiations with the Dodgers, but that the Dodgers thus far have been unwilling to budge. By involving a…

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

    Jul 26, 2012, 6:16 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    Phillies 7, Brewers 6: It’s hard to imagine a more demoralizing series than the one the Brewers just experienced. In all three games they fell victim to last inning rallies. This one after their own rally brought them back from a 5-1 deficit, tied with a Ryan Braun homer in the eighth. Then they take…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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,…

  22. 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…

  23. 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,…

  24. 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…

  25. 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;…

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