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White Sox acquire Brett Myers from Astros

A day after dealing Brandon Lyon and JA Happ to the Blue Jays for a gang of prospects (and a pair of Franciscos, Ben and Cordero), the Houston Astros continued on in sell mode today, trading former starter and current closer Brett Myers to the White Sox. The news was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Myers is making $12 million this year in the final season of a two...
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July 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - a disappointing acquisition

Last November, the Indians picked up Derek Lowe from the Braves for a lower level prospect, with Atlanta picking up $10 million of the $15 million left on Lowe's deal. Well here we are in mid-July this year, and Lowe has been pretty bad for the Indians. But last night in Cleveland's 10-2 loss to the Orioles, Lowe was awful on a whole new level. In three innings, Lowe allowed...
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July 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Why wouldn't the Padres trade Carlos Quentin and Huston Street?

In a bit of news that pretty much shocked the hell out of me, Jon Heyman of CBS floated out a tidbit that the San Diego Padres aren't going to look to trade Carlos Quentin and Huston Street at the deadline....but in fact, sign the duo to long-term deals. Quentin is one of the more attractive corner outfield bats on the market, and Street is one of the best relievers. Both...
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July 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Rockies, Royals swap Guthrie, Sanchez

Jon Morosi of FOX Sports is reporting that the Royals and Rockies have swapped troublesome starting pitchers, with Jonathan Sanchez heading to Colorado and Jeremy Guthrie heading to Kansas City. Upon hearing about this deal, my first thought was "holy crap, Jonathan Sanchez in Coors Field!" Sanchez is familiar with Coors thanks to his time with the Giants, and actually...
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July 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Blue Jays, Astros swap ten players, including Happ, Lyon, Cordero

The Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros announced a huge ten player trade just a moment ago. I haven't had time to break down the particulars yet, so I'll do it as I go. HEADING TO TORONTO JA Happ, Brandon Lyon, David Carpenter HEADING TO HOUSTON Francisco Cordero, Ben Francisco, Joe Musgrove, Asher Wojciechowski, David Rollins, Carlos Perez, PTBNL ...
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July 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - the green and gold

Before this season, when discussing the two wild card setup, a point of discussion was "is any division strong enough to take both of the wild card spots, and send three teams to the playoffs?" The conclusion was that both Eastern divisions had a good shot at that, while the Central had an outside shot, and the West was pretty much left for dead. This isn't much of...
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July 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Cubs attempting to move Dempster ASAP

According to a tweet from Jayson Stark of ESPN.com, the Cubs are "trying to trade Ryan Dempster ASAP", and that the Red Sox are out of the race for the veteran, but still interested in Matt Garza. On Tuesday, Stark reported that the Cubs were trying to move Dempster by the end of this week, Yesterday, Ken Rosenthal reported that Dempster's prefernece was to go...
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July 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Braves' broadcast confuses Pablo Sandoval for Buster Posey

During today's Braves-Giants game, Giants manager Bruce Bochy pinch hit for first baseman Brandon Belt with Justin Christian in the top of the eighth inning. The SportSouth technical team apparently expected Buster Posey to move from behind the plate to first...but instead, Posey stayed behind the plate, Joaquin Arias came into the game to play third base, and Pablo Sandoval...
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July 19, 2012  |  Discuss

The final word on the MLBSportsReport fiasco

It's been an interesting week with the plagiarizing/fake insider Twitter account MLBSportsReport, and the cavalcade of nonsense surrounding it all. After some digging, I do believe I've found the culprits behind all of the accounts. There may be more, but this is what I've got right now. I'm going to start by admitting I made a mistake. I initially fingered a...
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July 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - yeah, he's back

Since Matt Kemp returned to the Dodgers' lineup on Friday against the Padres, he's been pretty good....but, he hasn't been the Matt Kemp that dominated the National League in the month of April. Going into Wednesday's game against the Phillies, Kemp had just one extra base hit, a double, in four games since his return. On Wednesday, Kemp stepped up to the plate in...
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July 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Front Row Amy is still a thing, apparently

Last season, we brought you the story of Front Row Amy, a voluptuous Brewers fan who sits in the front row of every Brewers game. She's pretty attractive. Anyway, we've been getting more search engine traffic than usual for her, and I did some investigating...and it turns out that this is why. From today's Brewers-Cardinals game... There's Amy, front and...
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July 18, 2012  |  Discuss
HEAD OVER HEELS

Brett Lawrie falls over rail, nearly breaks ankle

Your browser does not support iframes. In today's Blue Jays-Yankees game, the injury-ravaged Blue Jays took another blow. Third baseman Brett Lawrie was chasing a pop-up by Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira, and while attempting to make the catch, Lawrie reached over the railing separating the camera well from the field. He lost his balance, fell over the rail, did a flip...
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July 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Nationals' draftee Lucas Giolito is friends with Samuel L Jackson

Washington Nationals first round pick Lucas Giolito, who signed right at the deadline last Friday, is apparently friends with Samuel L Jackson, the veteran actor from many fantastic movies (including Pulp Fiction, a cult favorite and one of my favorite movies ever, and the three Star Wars prequels). After Giolito signed, Jackson tweeted out the following. Shout out to @LGio27...
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July 18, 2012  |  Discuss
REEL TALK

Marlins already blowing team up?

The Marlins were as active as any team this offseason in re-inventing their roster, but as they sit nine games back in the NL East, rumors are circulating that they might be priming for another overhaul. 

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July 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Is Dan Duquette going to get fleeced?

Orioles GM Dan Duquette is at it again. In a piece on FOXSports just posted by Ken Rosenthal, Duquette had some things to say that might be a little horrifying for fans of the team that are looking for it to build from within, around phenomenal prospects Manny Machado and Dylan Bundy “Our future is now. We’re going to try to do everything we can to get into the playoffs...
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July 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Could the Oakland Athletics be the rare buyers and sellers at the trade deadline?

Thanks in part to the addition of the second Wild Card, the playoff picture in the American League is, at best cloudy, at worst completely and totally insane. Through games of July 17th, 10 of the 14 AL team are .500 or better and within two games of the final Wild Card spot.  That is going to make for a lot of tough decisions in those front offices as each GM makes their...
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July 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - playoff beatdown

Going into today, there were a pair of matchups featuring two playoff teams against one another. The NL West leading Giants traveled to wild card (#2) leading Atlanta, and the wild card (#1) leading Angels traveled east to wild card (#2) leading Detroit. Things did not go as expected for the home teams in each of these games. In fact...they did not go well at all. The Angels destroyed...
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July 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Your end of day Twitter plagiarism summary

We've had quite a day here at TOC in tracking the Twitter account MLBSportsReport, our favorite impostor account running sycophant. The latest update (as of a few hours ago) is that our friend FloridianFalcon is *not* connected to the proprietor of these accounts in any way. Of course, it wouldn't be an hour in the life of MLBSportsReport without some ridiculousness... ...
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July 17, 2012  |  Discuss
CHOP IT

Melky Cabrera taunts Braves fans

Melky Cabrera is reviled among Braves fans for his...how do you say...interesting play during the 2010 season, which included quirkiness, laziness, and most importantly, ineffectiveness. The Braves released him two winters ago after acquiring him in December 2009 as part of the Javier Vazquez trade with the Yankees. Cabrera signed on with the Royals, had an amazing season, and was...
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July 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Royals DFA Jonathan Sanchez

Well then, I bet no one would have imagined in April that this would happen. The Kansas City Royals have designated starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez for assignment. The Royals have also recalled Ryan Verdugo and Vin Mazzaro, and will start Verdugo tonight in Kansas City against the Mariners. Kansas City traded for Sanchez this offseason, dealing Melky Cabrera to the San Francisco...
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July 17, 2012  |  Discuss

The fake Twitter rabbit hole continues to deepen

Late last night, I took a look at the MLBSportsReport Twitter account, and how it was just a ridiculous, poorly executed fake account. Welp, I kept looking att things falling down the rabbit hole, and I've discovered an absolute treasure trove of fake accounts. But before we start, how about a copied and pasted tweet with no RT or credit given? Sure! So that'...
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July 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Do the Blue Jays have the most interesting trade chip?

The Toronto Blue Jays are in an odd place right now in the AL East. At 45-45, they're 10.5 games out of the division lead, and that margin is growing daily. However, Toronto just just two games out of the second wild card berth, currently held by the Detroit Tigers. But with Jose Bautista's wrist injury knocking him out of action for at least 15 days (and possibly more, depending...
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July 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - the beginning of the end?

I'm not much of a believer in the theory that you can pinpoint the moment a team's season went in a direction based on one game. But I guarantee you, that if the Orioles go on an awful run in the coming weeks, everyone will point at last night's 19-7 blowout at the hands of the Twins at Target Field. Orioles starter Chris Tillman, in just his second start of the year...
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July 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Even Jordan Schafer can't believe the Houston Astros finally won a game

The Houston Astros entered tonight having lost 13 of their last 14 games as well as their last 13 road games.  To say that a win was unexpected is something of an understatement, even though they were playing the slightly less lowly Padres. One certainly wouldn't blame an Astros fan for having some fun at the expense of their struggling team, especially on Twitter where...
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July 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Another Twitter insider, but this one plagiarizes too!

You all remember Scott Swaim, right? Of course you do. He was the supposed MLB Insider this winter that claimed to have broken multiple free agent signings, and put all his eggs in the "Prince Fielder is going to the Nationals" basket...only to watch Fielder sign with the Tigers, his account get berated and quickly deleted. Well, here we are in July, prime trade season...
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July 17, 2012  |  Discuss
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