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For NL Central contenders, less was more at deadline

With three teams within 2.5 games of eachother, the National League Central figures to have one of the closest and exciting division races down the stretch. That’s why it was surprising to see none of the teams involved in the race — Milwaukee, St. Louis and Pittsburgh — go hard after any significant upgrades at Thursday’s trade deadline. Sure, improvements were made —...
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Does Jon Lester make Oakland A’s World Series favorites?

The Oakland Athletics and Boston Red Sox agreed to an Earth-shattering deal early on trade deadline day, as the A’s sent slugger Yoenis Cespedes to the BoSox in exchange for the coveted Jon Lester, in addition to outfield bat Jonny Gomes. In doing so, the A’s picked up two of the three most sought-after arms on the market this entire season, going back to early July when...
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The longest homers for the week ending July 31st

A player making appearances on the list in multiple weeks is something that should be praised. But one player showing up on the list multiple times in the same week? Well, that just doesn’t happen too often. Don’t tell that to Billy Butler, of course. 1.Billy Butler vs Nick Hagadone, 453 feet (July 26th) The homer you’ll see next actually looked more impressive than this homer...
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Winners and losers of the 2014 MLB trade deadline

How did you like this year’s MLB trade deadline? Any worries about little happening leading up to 4 p.m. ET on Thursday were blown up right away as the A’s and Red Sox made a blockbuster deal. The action didn’t slow down from there, resulting in one of the busiest — maybe the busiest — July 31 deadlines in recent memory and big names being exchanged between playoff hopefuls...
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Dugout Digest – the day after the blockbusters

Thursday was, in a word, crazy. Yoenis Cespedes swapped for Jon Lester? David Price going to the Tigers? Austin Jackson becoming a Mariner? John Lackey heading to St. Louis? The Yankees picking up Martin Prado *and* Stephen Drew? Several other trades that I’m forgetting off-hand? YOU BETCHA! Trade deadlines like the one that came about yesterday don’t pop up all that often, but...
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Braves upgrade bench, bullpen with Emilio Bonifacio, James Russell

The Atlanta Braves didn’t make a blockbuster deal leading up to the trade deadline, but did upgrade both their bench and bullpen by acquiring Emilio Bonifacio and James Russell from the Cubs. In exchange for Bonifacio and Russell, the Braves will send Minor League catcher Victor Caratini to the Cubs. — Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) July 31, 2014 Bonfiacio is hitting .279/.318/.373...
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The Astros have moved Jarred Cosart to the Marlins

The Miami Marlins have bought (!!!!!) at the trade deadline, acquiring Jarred Cosart, **** Hernandez, Austin Wates from the Astros in exchange for Jake Marisnick, Francis Martes, Colin Moran, and a comp balance pick. #Astros officially complete a 6-player trade with Miami. Houston receives OF Jake Marisnick, RHP Frances Martes, IF Colin Moran & Comp Pick — Houston Astros (...
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The Yankees have acquired Martin Prado from the Diamondbacks

Keep on selling, Diamondbacks – Martin Prado and the two and a half years remaining on his contract are heading to the Diamondbacks. #Dbacks getting power-hitting catching prospect Peter O'Brien from #Yankees for Martin Prado. — Steve Gilbert (@SteveGilbertMLB) July 31, 2014 Prado is hitting .270/.317/.370 this year with Arizona, playing mainly at third base. Due to their...
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Tigers acquire David Price from Rays in three team blockbuster

I didn’t think it would happen, but it did – David Price is on the move. The Rays have dealt their ace to the Detroit Tigers in a three-team deal also involving the Seattle Mariners. mariners got austin jackson and send franklin to tampa. thats all of seattle's involvement. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 31, 2014 Hear Rays getting Smyly. Price to Tigers. — Bob Dutton...
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Red Sox make another trade, deal Stephen Drew to Yankees

The Boston Red Sox have continued making moves, dealing Stephen Drew to the Yankees for Kelly Johnson. Done deal: Stephen Drew to the Yankees, as @GordonEdes mentioned. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 31, 2014 Confirmed: Stephen Drew for Kelly Johnson — Alex Speier (@alexspeier) July 31, 2014 Drew has been terrible since the Red Sox re-signed him earlier this summer. In...
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The Red Sox sellathon continues as Andrew Miller heads to Baltimore

The Red Sox have made their fifth trade in the last week, moving reliever Andrew Miller to the Orioles in exchange for minor leaguer Eduardo Rodriguez. Hearing Andrew Miller to #orioles for LHP Eduardo Rodriguez. — Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) July 31, 2014 Miller is having his best year as a major leaguer in 2014, pitching to a 2.34 ERA in 42 1/3 innings, punching out 69 and walking...
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Asdrubal Cabrera is heading to the Nationals

Washington is clearly concerned about the health of Ryan Zimmerman, as they’ve acquired shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera from the Indians in exchange for Zach Walters. He’ll likely get most of the reps at second base, deposing Danny Espinosa from the position. #Indians acquire SS Zach Walters of the #Nationals in exchange for SS Asdrubal Cabrera. — Nick Camino (@NickCaminoWTAM) July...
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Padres trade Chris Denorfia to Mariners

The Seattle Mariners needed offense, and they get some offense – though I’m not sure if they really needed a platoon outfielder like Chris Denorfia. The #Mariners have acquired Chris Denorfia from the #Padres for Abraham Almonte & Stephen Kohlscheen (via @Ken_Rosenthal & @JonHeymanCBS) — FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 31, 2014 Denorfia is hitting just .242/.293/...
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Red Sox trade Lester, Lackey to overhaul future lineup with Cespedes, Craig

The steep decline of the Boston Red Sox following their 2013 World Series championship has been shocking. But general manager Ben Cherington isn’t sitting around, scratching his head, wondering where it all went wrong. Instead, he’s doing what he can to make sure next year’s edition of the Red Sox rebounds quickly. Making what could be the biggest deal of the MLB trade deadline...
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Milwaukee adds Gerardo Parra as bench depth

The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired Gerardo Parra from the Arizona Diamondbacks, adding his typically solid glove to their bench. The #Brewers have acquired OF Gerardo Parra from Arizona in exchange for OF Mitch Haniger and LHP Anthony Banda. — Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) July 31, 2014 Parra is still under team control through next season. He won Gold Gloves in both 2011 and...
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Boston continues their tear down, sends John Lackey to St. Louis

The Red Sox have dealt away their fourth starting pitcher in the span of a week, sending John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for Allen Craig and Joe Kelly. Sox get Kelly, Craig for Lackey — Peter Gammons (@pgammo) July 31, 2014 The 35-year old Lackey has a 3.60 ERA in 21 starts for the Red Sox this season, and because of his Tommy John surgery at the end of 2011...
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Twins buy low on Tommy Milone

With an abundance of starting pitching following this morning’s Jon Lester trade, the Oakland Athletics have flipped Tommy Milone to the Twins for Sam Fuld. As others have said, it's Tommy Milone to Minnesota for outfielder Sam Fuld. Deal is straight up. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2014 Milone had a 3.55 ERA in 16 major league starts this season, but was demoted...
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Report: Red Sox trade Jon Lester, Jonny Gomes to A’s for Yoenis Cespedes

Jon Lester has been moved, and while the location isn’t necessarily a surprise, the return has many mouths agape. Trying to confirm, but hearing Lester and Gomes might be moving for Cespedes — Alex Speier (@alexspeier) July 31, 2014 Confirmed. — Alex Speier (@alexspeier) July 31, 2014 Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes from Boston to Oakland in exchange for Yoenis Cespedes. You wanted...
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Dugout Digest – happy trade deadline day!

Happy trade deadline day, everyone. Seven hours after the publishing of this post, we’ll have hit the 2014 trade deadline, and most teams will be hard-pressed to improve their clubs over the season’s final two months. We already saw the chaos begin on Wednesday, when the Indians dealt Justin Masterson to the Cardinals and the Red Sox moved Felix Doubront to the Cubs. What will...
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Manny Machado’s arm is still otherworldly

When Manny Machado made this throw, he was a good four steps into foul territory, going away from the infield cutout. His throw to first base didn’t bounce at all, and still managed to nab Albert Pujols by a good ten feet. I think he’s healthy, folks.
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Cardinals boost rotation with Justin Masterson, but is that enough?

Though the St. Louis Cardinals have the resources to make a blockbuster deal for an ace starting pitcher such as the Rays’ David Price or Jon Lester of the Red Sox, general manager John Mozeliak’s apparent preference was for a middle-of-the-rotation arm to slot in behind Adam Wainwright and Lance Lynn. On Wednesday, with just over 24 hours to go until MLB’s July 31 trade deadline...
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WATCH: Pirates ran themselves into embarrassing double play

This is just awful. The Pirates had a chance to blow their game with the Giants wide open in the sixth inning after Jean Machi walked Chris Stewart to load the bases with one out. And then…disaster. Travis Snider, who was on second base at the time of the walk, inexplicably began to trot down to third base. Machi noticed, and alertly threw to shortstop Brandon Crawford, who got...
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What would George Constanza have traded to get Bonds and Griffey?

Full disclosure: I’m a Seinfeld freak. I can recite episodes verbatim and I usually don’t have any problem using a line from the show to describe something happening in my every day life. It’s a gift. So as both a Seinfeld freak and a baseball freak, I’ve always enjoyed the episodes where the two intermingled. One episode is 1996′s “The Caddy” when George locks his...
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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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Indians start trade deadline hoopla by sending Justin Masterson to Cardinals

The trade deadline is in a little more than 25 hours, but the chaos has already begun. The Cleveland Indians are sending starting pitcher Justin Masterson to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for minor league outfielder James Ramsey. Confirmed: #STLCards get Justin Masterson for OF James Ramsey. First reported by @pgammo. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 30, 2014 The 29...
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