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  1. MRI shows no structural damage in Yadier Molina’s knee

    Jul 31, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    yadier molina cardinals getty

    Promising news here for the second-place Cardinals. According to MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch, an MRI taken Wednesday on the sore right knee of catcher Yadier Molina showed inflammation but no structural damage. Cards manager Mike Matheny said the team is “optimistic” that Molina will only require a minimal stay on the 15-day disabled list. The Cardinals…

  2. Winners and losers at the trade deadline

    Jul 31, 2013, 5:50 PM EDT

    Jake Peavy

    Given how disappointing this afternoon’s trade deadline proved to be, it’s only fair that the annual winners and losers column is a little lopsided. Let’s get right to it: Winners Red Sox: I didn’t like the idea of Boston giving up top prospects for Jake Peavy because I just didn’t see him being a big…

  3. HBT’s Trade Deadline Wrapup

    Jul 31, 2013, 4:58 PM EDT

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    The non-waiver trade deadline hit at 4PM EDT today. It was pretty uneventful compared to years past, with lots of chatter but very few deals. Here’s what we had go down today before the non-waiver trade deadline: The Dodgers acquired Drew Butera from the Twins for a player to be named; The Orioles receive Bud…

  4. Cardinals fail in pursuit of Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro

    Jul 31, 2013, 3:05 PM EDT

    navarro, molina getty

    St. Louis may have its Yadier Molina fill-in. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Cardinals are “in discussions to acquire” catcher Dioner Navarro via trade from the rival Cubs. Navarro has posted an impressive .294/.370/.510 batting line with nine home runs and 20 RBI in 57 games this season for Chicago. He’s a…

  5. Cubs may wait until August to trade Kevin Gregg

    Jul 31, 2013, 1:43 PM EDT

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    Kevin Gregg has a 5.79 ERA in 14 innings this month and interest in him has cooled. So the Cubs are apparently pulling him back from the trade block. ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Cubs “could wait until August” to deal the 35-year-old righty, who has 22 saves in 26 chances this season and a…

  6. The Rangers are even open to trading Matt Garza

    Jul 31, 2013, 1:13 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    That’s according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. The Rangers will consider just about anything as they attempt to improve before the deadline. That means Elvis Andrus. It means Joe Nathan. And it means the newly acquired Matt Garza, who was just picked up from the Cubs for four prospects nine days ago. Garza is 1-0 with…

  7. Tigers, Pirates in touch with Cubs

    Jul 31, 2013, 10:28 AM EDT

    Nate Schierholtz

    The Cubs still have pieces on the table after dealing Matt Garza and Alfonso Soriano, and CSNChicago.com’s Patrick Mooney says the Pirates and Tigers have been sniffing around in advance of this afternoon’s trade deadline. The Pirates are most likely interested in Nate Schierholtz to help with their right-field situation. Schierholtz has been a very…

  8. The Cubs are going to hold on to Jeff Samardzija for now

    Jul 31, 2013, 9:42 AM EDT

    Jeff Samardzija

    The Cubs were rumored to be shopping Jeff Samardzija, but Jon Heyman reports that they’ve given up on that and will now try to lock him up this offseason or trade him then. It was worth looking around to see if the team could get some useful prospects for him, but that’s not really developing at the…

  9. Jackie Bradley Jr. gets pulled from game, appears to be false alarm

    Jul 30, 2013, 9:28 PM EDT

    Jackie Bradley Jr.

    There’s nothing quite like twitter before the trade deadline: Jackie Bradley Jr lifted for a pinch hitter in 6th in Pawtucket. Nothing apparently wrong with him. Trade in works? — Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) July 31, 2013 If there is a trade going down involving Bradley, it’s not for Peavy, source says — Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes)…

  10. Angels bid for Diamondbacks’ Ian Kennedy

    Jul 30, 2013, 6:06 PM EDT

    Ian Kennedy

    The Angels aren’t buyers and the Diamondbacks aren’t sellers, but it seems they might be able to help each other out by doing an Ian Kennedy deal. Both CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman and FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal have mentioned the possibility. The Padres are also in the running, says MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert. With Brandon McCarthy (shoulder)…

  11. Yovani Gallardo leaves start with hamstring injury

    Jul 30, 2013, 4:22 PM EDT

    gallardo getty

    Odds are the Brewers weren’t going to trade Yovani Gallardo, but whatever slim chance existed is probably gone after the right-hander left today’s start in the fifth inning with a hamstring injury. Gallardo limped off the field in the middle of an at-bat versus Darwin Barney, exiting after 4.2 innings against the Cubs. He’s struggled…

  12. The Cubs are drawing interest for Nate Schierholtz

    Jul 30, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

    Nate Schierholtz

    Buster Olney says: The Cubs are getting solid interest on Nate Schierholtz, one of the few good hitters on the market. More than likely he gets traded. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 30, 2013   Schierholtz has been one of the least talked about bats at the deadline, but his bat has been a good…

  13. Report: White Sox telling teams they are keeping Jake Peavy

    Jul 29, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Jake Peavy Getty

    With Matt Garza now on the Rangers, Jake Peavy has emerged as one of the most popular starting pitchers on the trade block in recent days. However, the White Sox are apparently having second thoughts about dealing him. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the White Sox are now telling teams that they will keep Peavy…

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

    Jul 29, 2013, 6:49 AM EDT

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    Braves 5, Cardinals 2: That was somewhat unexpected. A less-than-dominant Braves team sweeps the best team in the National League. The key was Kris Medlen allowing two runs on eight hits. The key all series was good starting pitching from the Braves. So of course the big talking point everyone has is how Jason Heyward…

  15. Just like old times: Derek Jeter returns, Alfonso Soriano helps Yankees walk off

    Jul 28, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Before he joined the Yankees on Friday, Alfonso Soriano was last teammates with Derek Jeter in September 2003, nearly ten years ago. Jeter once again made his triumphant return this afternoon, having recovered from a quad injury suffered in his 2013 debut on July 11. In that first game back, Jeter singled in his first…

  16. David Ortiz goes 4-for-4 in Red Sox win, does not destroy anything else

    Jul 28, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Baltimore Orioles

    Red Sox DH David Ortiz went 4-for-4 with 2 RBI in his first game after destroying the telephone in the visitor’s dugout at Camden Yards last night. He hit a two-run home run off of Orioles starter Jason Hammel in the second inning and logged three additional singles as he bumped his batting average back…

  17. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jul 28, 2013, 8:54 AM EDT

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    The defending World Series champs are toast. Madison Bumgarner threw eight scoreless innings, allowing only four hits and striking out seven, but the Giants managed no runs and fell to the Cubs 1-0 on Saturday night at San Francisco’s AT&T Park. Nate Schierholtz, the former Giants outfielder, played the hero for Chicago with his game-winning…

  18. Rangers won’t deal for Michael Young

    Jul 27, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    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…

  19. Rosenthal: Cubs listening to offers for Jeff Samardzija

    Jul 27, 2013, 4:50 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jul 27, 2013, 4:12 PM EDT

    Brian Cashman Getty

    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…

  21. Travis Hafner headed to disabled list with shoulder injury

    Jul 27, 2013, 4:07 PM EDT

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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…

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

    Jul 27, 2013, 12:17 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jul 26, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano Getty

    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…

  24. Yankees close to acquiring Alfonso Soriano from Cubs

    Jul 25, 2013, 7:50 PM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano Getty

    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,…

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

    Jul 25, 2013, 8:53 AM EDT

    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…

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