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Arizona Diamondbacks trade Martin Prado to the New York Yankees
At the deadline, Brian Cashman and the New York Yankees pulled the trigger to bring in infielder Martin Prado from the Arizona Diamondbacks to help out with the woeful infield that has been plaguing the Yankees this season. In exchange for Prado the Yankees sent catching prospect Peter O’Brien and the option of a player […] Arizona Diamondbacks trade Mart...

Oakland A’s, Detroit Tigers waging arms race
Essentially, from the moment that the Second World War ended until the early 1990′s, the United States and it’s allies in NATO were engaged in an unofficial war with the Soviet Union and it’s allies in the Warsaw Pact. While there was never an official declaration of war, both sides engaged in an arms race […] Oakland A’s, Detroit Tigers waging arms race -

10 MLB MVPs You Don’t Know Yet (But You Should)
Let’s get this out of the way upfront, so nobody cries foul: the Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout and Miami Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton would be on this list, if (a) you hadn’t heard of them; and (b) an upcoming MVP season wasn’t pretty much an inevitable for both.   At the moment, what’s keeping Trout […] 10 MLB MVPs You Don’t Know Yet (But You Should) -

Miami Marlins acquire Jarred Cosart and others from Houston Astros
Juan C. Rodriguez says that the Miami Marlins were looking for a “controllable” starting pitcher to add to their staff. They found that specific pitcher in acquiring Jarred Cosart from the Houston Astros in a six-player deal. For the season, Cosart is 9-7 with a 4.41 ERA and a 1.461 WHIP. He won’t be eligible […] Miami Marlins acquire Jarred Co...

Stephen Drew traded to New York Yankees from Boston Red Sox
Stephen Drew was on the radar of the New York Yankees this past offseason, but the team never ended up signing him in part because they didn’t want to give up a draft pick. New York’s interest was in having Drew work into the rotation at second base, despite the fact that he’d never played […] Stephen Drew traded to New York Yankees from Boston Red...

Baltimore Orioles acquire Andrew Miller
Despite how active the Boston Red Sox were at the trading deadline, the one player on the roster who prompted the most phone calls was left-handed reliever Andrew Miller. Boston ended up dealing Miller prior to the deadline, shipping him to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez. Miller has been enjoying […] Baltimore Orioles acquire Andrew Mi...

St. Louis Cardinals addition by subtraction
Game six was a game of frustration for the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2013 World Series. They stranded 9 runners through the seventh inning. The pitcher was mostly responsible for this incompetence was John Lackey, and now he will be a part of the rotation for the stretch run and beyond. According to Peter […] St. Louis Cardinals addition by subtraction -

Atlanta Braves acquire Emilio Bonifacio, James Russell
For a team that looked to be extremely active at the deadline, only one trade was made, a trade that as of now, is not one of the larger ones for today. The Cubs have traded super utility man Emilio Bonifacio and left-handed reliever James Russell to Atlanta  in exchange for Braves’ catching prospect Victor Caratini, currently ranked […] Atlanta Braves a...

Cleveland Indians trade Asdrubal Cabrera to Washington Nationals
Reports suggested earlier today that the Cleveland Indians were receiving interest from multiple teams on shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, but the team wasn’t sure if they were going to end up pulling the trigger on a deal. The Indians have indeed made a move, sending the 28 year old to the Washington Nationals in exchange for […] Cleveland Indians trade ...

Detroit Tigers acquire David Price in three-team deal
And you thought the Oakland/Boston trade was big. This deal is bigger, and it involved perhaps the biggest named starting pitcher rumored to be available: David Price. Here are the current particulars… Detroit Tigers acquire David Price (from TB) Seattle Mariners acquire Austin Jackson (from DET) Tampa Bay Rays acquire Nick Franklin (from SEA) along […] Detroit...

Dbacks’ Parra is traded to Brewers for two prospects
The Arizona Diamond backs traded outfielder Gerardo Parra to the Milwaukee Brewers for two minor league prospects, outfielder Mitch Haniger and pitcher Anthony Banda on Thursday before the trade deadline. Parra, 27 , was hitting .259 with six home runs and 30 RBI this season with Arizona.  Parra’s  real success came in 2011 and 2013 […] Dbacks’ Parra is traded to Bre...

Seattle Mariners acquire Chris Denorfia
Leading up to the deadline it’s been no secret that the Seattle Mariners were focused on adding an outfielder and the team has now done so, acquiring Chris Denorfia from the San Diego Padres. According to’s Greg Johns the Padres will receive a pair of players in return, outfielder Abraham Almonte and right-hander Stephen […] Seattle Mariners acquire Chris De...

Texas Rangers, San Francisco Giants discussing Alex Rios
Talks have picked up surrounding the Texas Rangers’ efforts to move Alex Rios and it appears that the San Francisco Giants have emerged as the most aggressive suitor, as the two sides continue to have ongoing discussions according to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi. Source: Giants, Rangers in midst of ongoing trade conversations involving Alex Rios. […] Texas...

Kansas City Royals, Atlanta Braves looking at Chris Denorfia
Chris Denorfia will likely be traded before today’s deadline, according to the NY Post’s Joel Sherman, and it would appear as though the Kansas City Royals and Atlanta Braves are the frontrunners to land him. The Seattle Mariners are also in the mix, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, but he is believed to just […] Kansas City Royals, Atl...

Los Angeles Dodgers pushing to complete deal for Joaquin Benoit
The Los Angeles Dodgers are looking to acquire help for their bullpen before the trade deadline and are pushing to complete a deal to obtain Joaquin Benoit from the San Diego Padres, according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post. Benoit has a 1.88 ERA and 0.837 WHIP in 42 appearances for San Diego on […] Los Angeles Dodgers pushing to complete deal for Joaquin Benoi...

Chances of a David Price trade increasing
At one point a deal involving David Price seemed like a certainty. The Tampa Bay Rays started to surge in the standings, however, and suddenly the thought of the team moving Price began to appear more and more unlikely. It would seem as though things have picked up again, now that Jon Lester has been […] Chances of a David Price trade increasing -

John Lackey moves from Boston to St. Louis
Yesterday, the St. Louis Cardinals acquired Justin Masterson. Today, it appears they have added even more to their starting rotation in trading for John Lackey. Sox close to a deal with Cardinals for Lackey, according to multiple sources — Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) July 31, 2014 And a short time later, this… Cards getting lackey — […] John Lackey moves f...

Houston Astros receiving interest in Jarred Cosart
Reports yesterday suggested that the Houston Astros were willing to listen to offers on three of their young starting pitchers, but it seems as though Jarred Cosart is the one drawing the most interest. Dallas Keuchel has apparently been taken off the market, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. Sources: #Astros “very, very busy” with […] Houston Astros rec...

Oakland Athletics send Tommy Milone to Minnesota Twins
Tommy Milone, who was demoted to Triple-A upon the Oakland Athletics acquired Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs, got his wish. He has been traded to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for outfielder Sam Fuld. This is according to a pair of tweets from Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi of FOX Sports. […] Oakland Athletics send Tommy Milone to Minneso...

Reactions to trade involving Red Sox and Athletics
Had to figure there would be a massive reaction when perhaps the biggest trade of the non-waiver trade deadline period was announced. In case you are unaware, the Boston Red Sox sent pitcher Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. Here’s the complete deal… The trade: […] Reactions to trade involv...

Asdrubal Cabrera drawing interest from multiple teams
There are no certainties that the Cleveland Indians will move him, but the team has received interest in Asdrubal Cabrera from at least four different clubs. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi report that the Washington Nationals, Toronto Blue Jays, and two unnamed teams have talked to the Indians about their long time shortstop […] Asdrubal Cabrera drawing...

Boston Red Sox trade Jon Lester to the Oakland A’s
The Boston Red Sox have pulled the trigger, agreeing to deal Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes to the Oakland Athletics. Boston will reportedly receive Yoenis Cespedes in return, according to WEEI’s Alex Speier. Trying to confirm, but hearing Lester and Gomes might be moving for Cespedes — Alex Speier (@alexspeier) July 31, 2014 Confirmed. — […] Boston Red Sox trade Jon Lest...

Cincinnati Reds make Ryan Ludwick available
Add Ryan Ludwick‘s name to the list of potential outfielders available before this afternoon’s trade deadline. The Cincinnati Reds notified teams of his availability late Wednesday, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. It remains to be seen what the team will be looking for in return, however. The 36 year old left fielder is hitting […] Cincinnati Red...

Matt Kemp’s recent production keeps his name alive in trade rumors
We’ve all heard and/or read of Los Angeles Dodgers’ outfielder Matt Kemp‘s desire to return to playing center field. Kemp has not started a game in center since May 22nd. As of late (his last 8 starts), he’s been manning right field. To say he’s been productive during this recent small stretch would be an […] Matt Kemp’s recen...

Anthony Rizzo: the face of the Chicago Cubs
Futility and disappointment are basically the first two words that come to mind when referring to the Chicago Cubs the past five years. Since their last playoff berth in 2008, the Cubs have only mustered one winning season, and have been in full rebuild mode since. The rebuild can prove to be historic for the […] Anthony Rizzo: the face of the Chicago Cubs -

Houston Astros looking to move Chris Carter
The Houston Astros have yet to be very active on the trade market, but are looking to move Chris Carter before Thursday’s deadline. Joel Sherman of the New York Post adds that the team is willing to listen on a handful of their starting pitchers – including Collin McHugh, Dallas Keuchel, and Jarred Cosart. Carter […] Houston Astros looking to move Chris Carter ...

St. Louis Cardinals GM John Mozeliak says team is ‘open for business’
With the trade for Justin Masterson, does this mean there will be other moves by the St. Louis Cardinals? GM John Mozeliak has this (from Bleacher Report’s Scott Miller). Mozeliak on if Masterson deal closed doors on others: “We’re open for business. We’ll see what may happen. I’m not overly optimistic.” — Scott Miller (@ScottMillerBbl) […]

Los Angeles Dodgers back off pursuit of ‘front end’ starting pitchers
To varying degrees the Los Angeles Dodgers have been linked to all three of the big name starting pitchers who are believed to be – or were at one point – available on the trade market. It would appear now, however, that the team has backed off of their pursuits for a “front end” starter, […] Los Angeles Dodgers back off pursuit of &...

New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers have interest in Joaquin Benoit
Interest in Joaquin Benoit has started to pick up as expected, despite various reports that the San Diego Padres may choose to hang onto the veteran right-hander. San Diego’s plans remain uncertain, especially considering Benoit stepped into the closer’s role after the team traded Huston Street earlier this month. Both the New York Yankees and […]

Arizona Diamondbacks sign Clayton Richard
Clayton Richard has reached an agreement on a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks and will reportedly make his first start with the organization this weekend. The left-hander has been sidelined all season after undergoing surgery in February due to thoracic outlet syndrome. Richard’s deal will be finalized once he passes a physical on […] Arizona Diamondback...

Chances of a John Lackey trade are ‘very good’
Most of the attention being paid to the Boston Red Sox has been focused on a potential deal involving Jon Lester, but the chances of John Lackey being traded as well are increasing. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal hears that there is a “very good chance” that both players will be moved before Thursday’s trade deadline. […] Chances of a John Lackey trade are ‘very...

Chicago Cubs acquire Felix Doubront
The Chicago Cubs have acquired Felix Doubront from the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later. FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi first reported that the two sides were close to completing a deal involving Doubront. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman confirmed a few minutes later that it was complete. ESPN’s Jim Bowden relayed that […] Chicago Cubs acquire Felix Doubront -

Justin Masterson traded from Cleveland Indians to St. Louis Cardinals
The St. Louis Cardinals acquired a pitcher, but it wasn’t Jon Lester. It wasn’t David Price. It was Justin Masterson, now formerly of the Cleveland Indians. In exchange for Masterson, the Tribe will receive James Ramsey, an outfield prospect, who was playing at Double-A Springfield. This deal has been reported by a number of outlets, […] Justin ...

Philadelphia Phillies unlikely to deal Cole Hamels
There has been plenty of discussion and debate surrounding whether the Philadelphia Phillies should trade Cole Hamels – who is arguably their most valuable trade asset – but it appears increasingly unlikely that a deal will be made. GM Ruben Amaro Jr. has made it known to opposing clubs that the left-hander is available, but […] Philadelphia Phillies unlikel...

Kansas City Royals back off interest in Jonny Gomes, Josh Willingham
While the Kansas City Royals are still searching for right-handed bat that can handle playing right field, the team has apparently crossed a number of names they’ve been believed to have interest in – including Jonny Gomes and Josh Willingham – off their list. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the team has backed off their […] Kansa...

New York Yankees have interest in Brett Anderson
Still looking to make upgrades to their pitching staff, the New York Yankees have reportedly shown interest in Colorado Rockies left-hander Brett Anderson. MLB Trade Rumors relayed the story that was first reported by Buster Olney of ESPN, though the original Tweet appears to have been deleted. The rumor confirms expectations that the Yankees had […] New York Yankees have inte...

The trade chips for the Philadelphia Phillies
A few players for the Philadelphia Phillies have undoubtedly seen their names surface among the recent rash of trade rumors. Some make big money. Others, not so much. There are a couple of players that could certainly provide a decent return. In fact, upon listening to’s Richard Justice on today’s Dan Patrick Show, Phils […] The trade chips for the Philadelphia Ph...

Vin Scully to return to annonuce Dodgers games for the 2015 season
The headline is correct. Vin Scully will return to announce Los Angeles Dodgers games for the 2015 season, which will be his 66th. According to Jon Weisman of Dodger Insider, the team made the announcement in the middle of the second inning of last night’s game. Here’s the video… Your browser does not support iframes. […] Vin Scully to return to an...

Texas Rangers willing to pay part of Alex Rios’ remaining salary
After being a popular name in trade rumors over the weekend, talk has quieted down surrounding Alex Rios and his future with the trade deadline rapidly approaching. Numerous teams were believed to have interest in the outfielder and now the Texas Rangers are reportedly more willing to pay part of his remaining salary to help […] Texas Rangers willing to pay pa...

Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays are the two hottest teams in baseball
Don’t look now, but Florida’s two Major League teams sure are making things interesting. The Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays are both 9-1 in their last ten games. This is a Marlins team which has been without Jose Fernandez since mid-May and a Rays squad that seemed firmly planted in the American League East […] Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays are ...

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