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Dodgers DFA Bobby Abreu

The Los Angeles Dodgers have designated left fielder Bobby Abreu for assignment, who was deemed expendable after the club acquired Shane Victorino from the Phillies yesterday. It's the second time that Abreu has been designated for assignment this year, after the Angels kicked him to the curb in April. Abreu looked close to done with the Angels last year, posting only...
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August 01, 2012  |  Discuss
UPPER CLASS TWIT

Video: Vin Scully reads tweet, is amazing

Your browser does not support iframes. During last night's Dodgers-Diamondbacks game, legendary Dodgers play by play announcer Vin Scully read a tweet from new Dodgers outfielder Shane Victorino. Of course, Scully probably has no idea what Twitter is, and his interpretation of the social media service was hilarious. First, he called the tweet "a Twitter"...twice....
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August 01, 2012  |  Discuss

2012 trade deadline winners and losers

The 2012 trade deadline is now in the rearview mirror, and short of waiver claims and minor league callups, each team has their core group of players set for the playoff march. Of course, some teams fared better than others to prep their teams for an October run, or for future years. Let's take a look at the winners, the losers, and the teams that I really can't form an...
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August 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Looking back at the 2011 trade deadline

The 2012 trade deadline has come and gone and the flurry of action this month has been astounding. The advent of an extra wild card and the falling of formerly competitive teams turned into unprecedented buying and selling of numerous star-level players. However, not all trades are created equal. Sometimes these deals work out for both teams. Sometimes they don’t. Let’s take...
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August 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - *this* close

AJ Burnett came within four outs of his second career no-hitter last night. The catch was that the Pirates were playing the Cubs, who hadn't been shut out since 1965, when Sandy Koufax twirled his fourth no-hitter in a three year span, a perfect game on September 9th. The last no-hitter thrown at Wrigley Field was by Milt Pappas of the Cubs on September 2, 1972. Now,...
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August 01, 2012  |  Discuss

White Sox starter John Danks out for rest of season

Chicago White Sox starter John Danks will miss the rest of the year due to a shoulder injury, and he'll have surgery on Monday. Danks hasn't pitched in the majors since May 19th, after which he was placed on the DL with soreness in his shoulder. An MRI taken after a rehab start revealed a torn muscle in Danks's left shoulder. Danks's tear is a grade one tear, which...
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July 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Neftali Feliz to have Tommy John surgery

Well, that Ryan Dempster trade couldn't have come at a better time. A little over an hour after acquiring the Cubs starter, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com broke the news that Rangers starter Neftali Feliz will require Tommy John surgery. Based on the recovery time for the surgery, Feliz will miss the rest of this season, and if he does come back next year, it won't be until...
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July 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Rangers swoop in late, acquire Ryan Dempster from Cubs

The Ryan Dempster saga finally has an ending, and it's an unexpected one. Dempster didn't land with the Braves, the Dodgers, or the Yankees, but Buster Olney is reporting that Dempster has been acquired by the Texas Rangers, who were in on every starting pitcher on the market but fell short of their prime targets. For a Rangers team that has seen Roy Oswalt struggle...
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July 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Reds bolster bullpen with Jonathan Broxton

Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Reds have strengthened their bullpen by picking up Royals closer Jonathan Broxton, the former Dodgers stalwart. Broxton has had a nice rebound year for the Royals after an injury-laden 2011 season, but the the 28-year old isn't the same pitcher he was early on with the Dodgers. Broxton has a career low 6.31 strikeout rate (even lower...
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July 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Pirates keep dealing, acquire Gaby Sanchez from Marlins

15 or so hours after bolstering their offense with Travis Snider, the Pittsburgh Pirates struck out, trading outfielder Gorkys Hernandez to the Marlins for Gaby Sanchez. The Marlins are also picking up Pittsburgh's competitve balance draft pick in the deal. The 28-year old Sanchez has been a nightmare for the Marlins this year, OPSing only .556 while losing his job (and...
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July 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Cardinals beef up bullpen with Mujica

The St Louis Cardinals again did what they did last year -- picked up some relief help for a highly thought of piece. They traded third baseman Zack Cox, the fourth best prospect in the organization, to the Miami Marlins in exchange for reliever Edward Mujica, reports Peter Gammons. The 28-year old Mujica has actually been a negative value reliever this year, thanks to a 4...
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July 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Hunter Pence traded to Giants

The long-rumored deal between the Phillies and Giants for right fielder Hunter Pence is tenatively complete, with the outfielder moving at the deadline for the second straight year. Last season, the Phillies acquired Pence from the Astros for a package centered around top prospects Jarred Cosart and Jonathan Singleton.  After a fantastic half season with the Phillies last...
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July 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Rangers trade for Geovany Soto, could Napoli be done in Texas after 2012?

In one of the more under-the-radar trades of a busy night of deals on Monday, the Texas Rangers acquired catcher Geovany Soto from the Chicago Cubs. This move was something of a surprise since Texas was not known to be in the market for catching help since they already have Mike Napoli in place with Yorvit Torrealba as his back-up.  Yet now Soto is on board and Torrealba...
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July 31, 2012  |  Discuss
GO WEST, YOUNG MAN

Shane Victorino traded to Dodgers

The Phillies reportedly have traded center fielder Shane Victorino to the Dodgers for a relief pitcher and a pitching prospect.

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July 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Cubs deal Johnson, Maholm to Braves

Start waving the green flag on the Cubs fire sale. In addition to trading Geovany Soto to the Rangers, the Cubs have also dealt starting pitcher Paul Maholm and outfielder Reed Johnson to the Braves in exchange for pitching prospects Arodys Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman. Johnson is the fourth outfielder that the Braves have desperately needed all year. Matt Diaz (currently on...
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July 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - this is why they need a starter

Last month, when the Rangers signed Roy Oswalt, the prevailing thought was "why in the hell do they need ANOTHER starter?" Well, this is why: in  15-8 drubbing against the Angels last night, Oswalt threw just five innings, allowed eight runs on 11 hits, and gave up three homers. For the season, Oswalt now has a 6.49 ERA, and while his 29 to six strikeout to walk...
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July 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Mariners trade reliever League to Dodgers

A busy Monday night continues, with the Seattle Mariners trading former closer Brandon League to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for outfield prospect Leon Landry and pitcher Logan Bawcom. The 29-year old (really, he's 29?!) League is a closer in title only, though he does have a fastball that averages 95 mph. His stats this year are disappointing, with a line drive...
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July 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Blue Jays, Pirates swap Snider for Lincoln

Last week, I mentioned that the Blue Jays had a very interesting trade chip in Travis Snider. Late tonight, Toronto cashed in that trade chip, sending Snider to Pittsburgh for Brad Lincoln.  On the surface, this doesn't seem like very good value for Snider. Lincoln's "just a reliever", but a good one, He's been a crucial part of Pittsburgh's bullpen...
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July 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Cubs deal Soto to Rangers, Johnson, Maholm to Braves

The Chicago Cubs were busy on Monday night, making a pair of trades...but neither involving Ryan Dempster or Matt Garza. The team traded catcher Geovany Soto to the Texas Rangers, and outfielder Reed Johnson and starter Paul Maholm to the Braves.  Soto's acquisition helps the Rangers in both the short term and the long term. Texas has NOT gotten good production behind...
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July 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Could Josh Beckett get dealt?

News started to trickle out yesterday that Red Sox starter Josh Beckett might be on the market. Apparently, the Red Sox are listening on the 32-year old, but not actively shopping him. The usual suspects (Braves, Rangers, and Dodgers) have all called to express interest in Beckett. Beckett's career in Boston has been erratic (to say the least), and he hasn't thrown...
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July 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Should the Dodgers try to include Soriano in a Dempster deal?

With the Dodgers and Cubs still cahtting about Ryan Dempster, another name has fallen into the deal: highly paid Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano. Soriano is involved in the talks between the Cubs and Dodgers along with Dempster, and this would be a huge move if the Cubs were able to package him and his massive contract with Dempster, and get him out of Wrigley. While Soriano...
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July 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Phillies in talks to deal Blanton, Lee

Late last night, news of a potential trade between the Phillies and Giants for right fielder Hunter Pence popped up. That trade is still up in the air, but the Phillies fire sale may be ramped up to a new level today, with starting pitchers Joe Blanton and Cliff Lee apparently in play. Blanton's main suitor is apparently the Baltimore Orioles, with the Cardinals and Blue...
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July 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Shin-Soo Choo gaining interest from teams

With the Cleveland Indians falling two games under .500, and five out of the wild card race, there has been rising interest into their star right fielder Shin-Soo Choo. Choo, who is making $4.9 million this year and is eligible for his final year of arbitration in 2013, would be more than a rental for any interested teams, and the 30-year old is a very attractive option for many...
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July 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - waving the white flag

After a sweep against the Brewers last week, there was a glimmer of hope for the Phillies and their fans. They had moved to just nine games under .500, and were 9.5 games out of the wild card. Then...the team went to Atlanta. With Cole Hamels, Joe Blanton, and Roy Halladay starting in the three game series, there was a good chance that the team could make SOMETHING happen...
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July 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Giants have deal to acquire Pence from Phillies?

The white flag has apparently been raised in Philly. Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area is reporting that the team has an agreement to deal right fielder Hunter Pence to the Giants, and is waiting for approval from Giants ownership.  A year after acquiring him from the Astros in exchange for mega prospects Jarred Cosart and Jonathan Singleton (along with lesser prospects Domingo...
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July 30, 2012  |  Discuss
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