Reds HOF inductee Oester about more than numbers

CINCINNATI -- The statistics are not gaudy, not even glossy, for Ron Oester. He never hit .300 during his 13 years with the Cincinnati Reds, never hit more than 11 home runs, never stole more than nine bases, always batted near the bottom of the order. He did have his moments. He had a 21-game hitting streak in 1984 and he hit .295 in 1985. Numbers, though, are not what this gritty...
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August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Claim Jacob Turner Off Revocable Waivers

According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, the Chicago Cubs have claimed Jacob Turner off of revocable waivers from the Miami Marlins.Cubs claim Jacob Turner on waivers— Jim Bowden (@JimBowden_ESPN) August 6, 2014 #453123052 / gettyimages.comTurner, 23-years-old, was once a top-25 prospect in baseball after being drafted ninth overall in the 2009 MLB draft. After being rushed to the Majors...
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August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Jim Bowden is the Trade Deadline’s biggest loser

Jim Bowden and I don’t get along. I don’t antagonize too many people on Twitter, but I made a couple of comments about some of his trade rumors a few years back and how downright silly they were. Denard Span for Tyler Clippard, about 5 years ago was the big one. Eventually, Span was traded, even to the Nationals, but for a much better long term prospect and about 3 years after...
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August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Jim Bowden is the Trade Deadline’s biggest loser

Jim Bowden and I don’t get along. I don’t antagonize too many people on Twitter, but I made a couple of comments about some of his trade rumors a few years back and how downright silly they were. Denard Span for Tyler Clippard, about 5 years ago was the big one. Eventually, Span was traded, even to the Nationals, but for a much better long term prospect and about 3 years after...
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August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Jim “Ralph” Bowden Is Having A Tough Time With Twitter Right Now

Something you should never do if you’re in the business of reporting: steal a (phony) scoop, try to pass it off on your own, realize the scoop isn’t actually real, change your Twitter picture to the default egg, change your Twitter handle, change the name associated with your new handle to “Ralph.” JIM BOWDEN DID ALL OF THAT IN THAT EXACT ORDER. Actually, I’m still a bit...
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July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs About to Trade Emilio Bonifacio

The other day, news came out that Theo Epstein expected to make a trade within the next 48 hours Theo Epstein expects to make a deal in next 48 hours,talks about interest in this yrs FA class #Cubs: http://t.co/gGk9iHgn2J — JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) July 29, 2014 Jed Hoyer followed that up by saying he expected the team to be very active. Hoyer on trade deadline: “I expect...
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July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox keep selling, send Felix Doubront to Cubs

Hey, the Cubs are still active at the trade deadline! But instead of selling at this moment, they’re…buying? doubront goes to cubs @jonmorosi mentioned 1st — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 30, 2014 Red Sox got player to be named later for Duobront — JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) July 30, 2014 Felix Doubront looked like a nice buy low candidate this summer, especially after...
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July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Walt Jocketty dubbed one of five general managers 'under pressure'

The proverbial seat isn't exactly piping hot for Reds general manager Walt Jocketty. But it's certainly not comfortable either.In the midst of an injury-riddled season, in addition to being mired in a forgettable second half losing skid, Jocketty finds himself in a tough spot this week as the non-waiver trade deadline looms on Thursday. The Reds aren't out of the postseason...
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July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Seven Different Teams Now In On Jon Lester

According to ESPN's Jim Bowden, a total of seven teams are now involved in discussions about Jon Lester. The ever-shifting seven are: the Blue Jays, Mariners, Brewers, Cardinals, Dodgers, Orioles and (a new one to the list) Marlins. Just the sheer number of parties involved tends to reinforce the prevailing view that a trade is virtually inevitable. One of these suitors is bound...
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July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Jim Bowden proposes trade to bring Marlon Byrd to Reds

You don't have to be a baseball expert to notice how badly the Reds need offensive help.Entering Sunday, Cincinnati's depleted offense had mustered just 14 runs in eight games since the All-Star Break. With top hitters Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips expected to be out of the lineup for several more weeks, the need to add an extra bat has become critical if the Reds want...
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July 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers Rumors: Los Angeles pursuing relief pitchers

The Los Angeles Dodgers fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday by the score of 6-1. Dan Haren allowed five runs on four hits in five innings to take the loss, while the offense managed only five hits off tough Pirates' pitching. The loss dropped the Dodgers to 56-47, a game and a half behind the San Francisco Giants in the National League West.  Although the Dodgers are eighth...
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees reportedly in talks to acquire Padres' Ian Kennedy

The New York Yankees have been the most active team on the trade market. Over the course of the last month, they have acquired pitchers Brandon McCarthy, Jeff Francis and Chris Capuano as well as third baseman Chase Headley.  This hasn’t stopped Yankees general manager Brian Cashman from looking for even more upgrades, According to a report by ESPN’s Jim Bowden, New York is...
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays Rumors: Could Tampa Bay be buyers?

With all the talk about the Tampa Bay Rays and whether or not they are going to trade David Price or not, there is now word that the Rays may be willing to add people heading into the trade deadline. The Rays are 7.0 games out of first place in the American League East but are currently on a seven game winning streak. So maybe the very recent success has put some spark in a struggling...
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July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres News: GM search enters next round

According to Cory Brock, the San Diego Padres are through two rounds of interviews for their next GM. But are they any closer to a decision?#Padres emailed they interviewed Mike Hazen of the #RedSox for the second time -- yesterday. He's the second to get a second interview.— Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) July 23, 2014#50896920 / gettyimages.comYes and no. The Padres seem...
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July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Reds continue trade talks with Phillies involving Marlon Byrd

According to a report by Jim Bowden, the Reds and Phillies remain in trade talks involving veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd.Cincinnati has been one of several teams rumored to be interested in Byrd as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches. It goes without saying, but the Reds desperately need a power threat in their lineup. And the 36-year-old Byrd would seemingly provide...
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July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Could a Huston Street Deal be Close?

According to ESPN’s Jim Bowden, the Angels are closing in on a deal to acquire Huston Street from the San Diego Padres.  Details on who the Angels would be sending to the Padres have not yet emerged, but sources indicated to ANT’s Steve Granado that the two clubs have discussed Triple A 2nd baseman Taylor Lindsey and outfielder JB Shuck.  It is important to remember that the...
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July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Mixed Bag

Bowden Blowing Trade Rumors - Jim Bowden of ESPN tossed out a trade rumor of Marlon Byrd for Sam Selman today. If that's the case and the Royals haven't already pulled the trigger then I have to question their sanity. Lefty Selman has some upside as witnessed in his 2nd round pick selection and dominance of the Pioneer League when he arrived in the organization but the bugaboos...
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July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Reds eyeing to add hitter at trade deadline

With injuries decimating key players in the offensive lineup, the Reds are being forced to at least consider adding another hitter to the roster at the trade deadline. But who might general manager Walt Jocketty and the club be interested in? ESPN.com's Jim Bowden takes a closer look in his most recent column detailing what he is hearing at the trade deadline.In the piece, Bowden...
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July 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Five Stupid Trades Involving David Price #FireJimBowden

Jim Bowden is back at it with fantasy trades involving Tampa Bay Ray David Price.  He thought that with Off The Bench going through growing pains and the FireJoeMorgan guys enjoying retirement, he could just rattle off any nonsense and nobody would hold him accountable.  Au Contraire!  Our #FireJimBowden campaign is firing back up with Bowden’s latest trash serving as the fuel...
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July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Bowden Suggests 5-Player Trade Between Mets and A’s

In an article for ESPN Insider, Jim Bowden proposes four different blockbuster trades he would like to see happen before the deadline and one of the trades even involves the Mets and A’s. Mets receive: LHP Tommy Milone, RHP Ryan Cook and 1B Nate Freiman  A’s receive: 2B Daniel Murphy and RHP Bartolo Colon A’s GM Billy Beane already made one blockbuster deal, but...
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July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Jim Bowden suggests Reds could try to trade for Huston Street

Even the casual Reds fan knows how shaky the bullpen has been in 2014.Entering Thursday, Cincinnati's relief core ranked dead last in K/BB (1.97) and second-to-last in the National League in earned run average (4.24). In other words, not only are Reds relievers surrendering a high proportion of walks relative to strikeouts, but they are also giving up runs by the boatload. Furthermore...
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July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN Insider: 50% Chance The Mets Trade Colon By Deadline

The MLB’s trade deadline is just five weeks away, and Jim Bowden of ESPN Insider writes that with 22 teams within six games of a playoff slot, the contenders will be looking for pitching. Bowden lists 15 pitchers that he feels could be dealt prior to the trade deadline. Amongst that list, the ESPN insider believes there is a 50% chance that the Mets will move Bartolo Colon. Colon...
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July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Jim Bowden tabs Billy Hamilton as top rookie in National League

If the season ended today, Billy Hamilton would most definitely be in line to become the first Reds player to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award since reliever Scott Williamson did it in 1999. ESPN analyst and former general manager Jim Bowden must agree with this logic because he recently pegged Hamilton as the best National League rookie in the 2014 class.On Friday...
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June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Rumors: Boston could add outfielder

It hasn't been a fun season for the 2014 Boston Red Sox, who sit nine games back of the AL East and five in the AL Wild Card. Jim Bowden reports not much is on the trade front horizon, either.Ben Cherington told us on #InsidePitch XM89 that if they were to add a piece between now and the trade deadline it would be an outfielder— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) June 10, 2014The...
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June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays cooking up a trade for Jeff Samardzija

Nobody is separating themselves from the pack in the American League East. The Toronto Blue Jays, mashing the ball to the tune of the league lead in multiple offensive categories, might recognize an opportunity and look to make an in-season trade to bolster their pitching staff. Jim Bowden of ESPN suggests that the Blue Jays should make a move for Jeff Samardzija. With Samardzija...
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May 17, 2014  |  Discuss
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