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Trade Deadline Primer: Available catchers

The trade deadline is a few weeks away, so the rumor mill is about to heat up.  To prep you for the coming trade season, we're providing a primer on who the top available trade targets could be as get closer to July 31st. We'll start by looking at the catcher position because all the other positional previews will seem a lot more exciting once you get a loud of this...
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July 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - Cliff Lee wins!

Cliff Lee finally got his first win of the year on Wedneday...but it wasn't easy at all. The Mets took a 2-0 lead into the seventh, and there was potential for another winless Lee today. Chase Utley hit a two-run homer in the seventh to tie the game, Carlos Ruiz hit a go-ahead solo homer, and Lee was still pitching. Then, the Phillies offense went ape. The team scored six in...
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July 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Marlins acquire Carlos Lee

A few days after not being able to convince first baseman Carlos Lee to accept a trade to the Dodgers, the Astros have succeeded in dealing him...to the Miami Marlins, who have had a gaping hole at first base this year partially filled by Gaby Sanchez and Logan Morrison. Sanchez and Morrison just weren't hitting at all this year for the Marlins, and a move was necessary...but...
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July 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Trade Deadline Primer: AL West

Our final trade deadline divisional primer....two buyers, two sellers. Pretty simple, huh? Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 45-36, second place, five games out in division, wild card leader The Angels have just PUT IT ON after a terrible first month, going 37-21 since April ended and rocketing to the top of the wild card standings. Anaheim could use a couple of upgrades on offense...
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July 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Trade Deadline Primer: NL West

Two more divisions to go, and they are both loaded with sellers...lovely. Arizona Diamondbacks 39-41, third place, 5.5 games out of first place, five games out of wild card After a rough first two months of the season, the Diamondbacks started to click in June, finishing with a 16-10 record that was one win away from being the best in the National League for the month. I...
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July 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - bullpen meltdown

I remember two offseasons ago, the Miami (then Florida) Marlins going on a crusade to improve their bullpen. They brought in guys like Ryan Webb, Edward Mujica, and Mike Dunn in trades, and were attempting to heavily retool things. And last year, it worked. The Marlins pen had a 3.44 ERA, a top ten mark in the league, and a half run improvement over 2010. But this season has been...
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July 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Chipper Jones selected to All-Star Game, replacing Matt Kemp

Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones was named to the National League All-Star Game today, replacing injured Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp. Ryan Braun will replace Kemp in the starting lineup for the NL. Now, while it's all fine and dandy that Chipper is going to get his huge farewell at the All-Star Game, the National League really screwed themselves here. Jones...
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July 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Cardinals' starter Carpenter to undergo surgery, miss season

Bad news for the defending World Champion Cardinals, as Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com is reporting today that starting pitcher Chris Carpenter will undergo surgery on July 19th for thoracic outlet syndrome, and miss three to six months. The disorder caused numbness in Carpenter's arm, shoulder, and face, and he didn't throw a pitch until June, when he was put on a throwing...
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July 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Trade Deadline Primer: AL Central

This division has been turned on its head this year, and while the base players are the same, the standings are much different. Chicago White Sox 42-37, first place Chicago has been a pleasant surprise this year at the top of the AL Central, and their team this year has been a balanced attack. They already made a nice move, picking up Kevin Youkilis from the Red Sox to play...
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July 03, 2012  |  Discuss
THAT'S, LIKE, FAR

Cameron Maybin blasts 485-foot bomb

Your browser does not support iframes. Last night in the Padres game at Chase Field against the Diamondbacks, San Diego center fielder Cameron Maybin stepped in against Arizona starter Trevor Cahill and did....that. The ball traveled to the second level of a picnic deck at Chase, well beyond the seats in left center field. The homer was estimated at 485 feet, which is the longest...
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July 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Trade Deadline Primer: NL Central

We continue our Trade Deadline Primer series with a discussion of the NL Central, which has some unexpected results this seaosn... Chicago Cubs 30-49, sixth place, 14 games out of first place, 13 games out of wild card LET THE FIRE SALE BEGIN! Nearly the entire roster is up for grabs. The Cubs would love to deal Alfonso Soriano and his massive contract, and they'd probably...
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July 03, 2012  |  Discuss

10 Intriguing Players That Could Be Traded by July 31

In the 1994 cinematic masterpiece "Major League II", Cleveland Indians slugger Jack Parkman was the big free agent signing that was supposed to put the Indians over the top. However, halfway through the season, new owner Roger Dorn had a tough time making payroll. So Parkman, who was deemed untouchable by many pundits, was basically sold off to the hated Chicago White Sox...
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July 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - San Diego...offense?

The offensively challenged San Diego Padres are...actually putting some runs on the board. The team put six runs on the board last night in Arizona, homering three time in a 6-2 win. The team homered three times last night, including the third for Yasmani Grandal in three games. Alexi Amarista, AKA "the guy that the Padres got for Ernesto Frieri" also hit his third homer...
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July 03, 2012  |  Discuss
OH BABY!

Fan makes catch while holding baby

Your browser does not support iframes. From tonight's Braves-Cubs game, a ball is fouled off down the right field line. A Braves fan cradling a baby in his right arm snags the foul ball with his left hand while managing to not drop the baby (dressed in Cubs gear). Perhaps more impressive is that the fan who caught the ball had to contend with another fan going after the ball...
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July 02, 2012  |  Discuss

A's minor league hitting instructor suspended for intentional balks

Oakland A's roving hitting instructor Todd Steverson was suspended for a year by the California League for his actions during the Stockton Ports game on June 23rd against the Modesto Nuts. What did Steverson do that was so egregious? He ordered the pitcher on the mound to commit three intentional balks in the 17th and 18th innings of the game in an attempt to end the game. ...
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July 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Home Run Derby teams announced

Captains Matt Kemp and Robinson Cano have announced their teams for next Monday's Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game. Representing the National League along with Kemp will be Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins, Carlos Beltran of the Cardinals, and Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies. Representing the American League along with Cano will be Mark Trumbo of the Angels, Jose Bautista...
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July 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Trade Deadline Primer: AL East

Time for the second piece in our trade deadlline primer, this time exploring the AL East. Baltimore Orioles 42-26, second place, six games out of first, second wild card leader The Orioles have been a huge surprise this season, and have already made a move, picking up Jim Thome from the Phillies to solidify a DH position that has lacked a consistent force at the position...
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July 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Trade Deadline Primer: NL East

As we've now entered the month of July, a new part of the season is upon is: trade season. Over the rest of the month, teams will look to upgrade their rosters or sell off their assets and look to improve their teams for the future. Each team has a different philosphy this month...so first, we're going to roll down the teams by division, and then, we're going to look...
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July 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Minor League Monday: Halfway Home

Manny Machado has been a repeat member of the Minor League Top 10 basically all season long thanks to him being a 19-year-old shortstop at Double-A Bowie. He's also good at baseball, and as a 19-year-old, has a chance to play at the Major League level before he can legally drink. Of note, Jim Thome, whom Machado's parent team, the Baltimore Orioles, traded for this past weekend...
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July 02, 2012  |  Discuss

The cost of an ace

There are two top-notch, front of the line starting pitchers on the trade market this July: Zack Greinke of the Brewers, and Cole Hamels of the Phillies. Neither the Brewers or the Phillies are in much of a spot to contend this year. The Brewers are seven out in the NL Central and six games under .500, while the Phillies are somehow worse, checking in at 11 games out in the NL East...
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July 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - hey look, RUNZ!

Going into last night's primetime game with the Mets, the Los Angeles Dodgers had scored the whopping total of two runs all week. That's two runs over five games. That lovely stretch took them out of first place in the NL West for the first time all year, and has them scrambling. Obviously, the lack of Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier in the lineup has absolutely destroyed their...
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July 02, 2012  |  Discuss

GIF: Toronto's Lawrie tries to take Angels' John Hester's head off

If you missed it earlier today, known red-ass Brett Lawrie of the Toronto Blue Jays took it upon himself to try and decaptitate Angels catcher John Hester.  In Lawrie's defense, there was going to be a play at the plate and he made a snap decision.  However, the decision he made was a decidedly dirty one as you can see in the GIF below: GIF courtesy of @SAJagfire ...
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July 01, 2012  |  Discuss

MLB All-Stars announced, with various odd choices

Today, the MLB announced the All-Star starters and reserves for each league, and of course, there was a vast amount of discussion among fans about which players deserved their berths, which players shouldn't have been there, and which players that were left out in the cold deserve to be heading to Kansas City. First, the starters for both leagues. American League C: Mike...
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July 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Braves sign Ben Sheets

The Braves have signed former Brewers ace Ben Sheets to a minor league deal. Sheets will make his first start for the organization on Wednesday for AA Mississippi.  Sheets hasn't pitched in the majors since 2010, when he was a member of the A's. That season, he made 20 starts and had a 4.53 ERA, striking out 84 and walking 43 in 119 1/3 innings. Sheets hasn't thrown...
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July 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - so, about this new Rockies rotation...

I'm sure we're all in agreement at this point in time that Rockies manager Jim Tracy is the worst, right? We here at TOC can't say nearly enough awful things about his new method of handling the Rockies rotation, and last night, pretty much the worst case scenario erupted for the Rockies. Starter Christian Friedrich had completed five innings and thrown 74 pitches, allowing...
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July 01, 2012  |  Discuss
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