|07.14.11 at 9:22 am ET|
Currently they have Yuniesky Betancourt playing shortstop and Casey McGehee at third base. Both of which are below average defenders, and defense is a priority for the Brewers.
Rosenthal names possible replacements as Jamey Carroll of the Dodgers, Orioles shortstop and former Brewer J.J. Hardy (if he is available, and does not resign) and Royals switch-hitting third baseman Wilson Betemit.
|07.14.11 at 9:21 am ET|
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, J.C. Romero will opt out of his minor league contract with the Nationals and sign a minor league deal with the Yankees if he is not promoted to the major leagues by July 15. He had signed with the Nationals recently under the impression that he would eventually join the big league club.
The Yankees have been searching for left-handers to help their bullpen ever since it was learned that Pedro Feliciano would be out for the season with a shoulder injury.
Romero is a 13 year veteran and has appeared in 652 games over the course of his career.
|07.13.11 at 9:18 pm ET|
According to FoxSports.com, Kansas City reliever Joakim Soria has six teams on his list of clubs he can refuse to be dealt to, with the Red Sox among the group. Besides the Sox, other teams Soria can reject a trade to are the Phillies, Dodgers, Rockies, Braves and Yankees. Many times large market teams are included on players’ no-trade lists in order to use as leverage to get extensions on their current deals.
The 27-year-old closer is having somewhat of a down year, going 4-3 with a 4.03 ERA and 15 saves. Soria is in the last guaranteed year of his current deal (paying him $4 million), with the Royals holding club options on him for the next three seasons.
|07.13.11 at 6:00 pm ET|
When asked his thoughts regarding the All-Star Game impacting home-field advantage in the World Series, Francona said that he wasn’t a fan of it.
“Maybe the significance of this game has run its course,” he said.
Added Francona: “The way they’re playing the game with fan voting, they want interviews in the dugout, they want a lot of things to make it not like a regular-season game and then at the end you end up treating it like the most important game of the year.”
Following is a transcript of the conversation. To hear the interview, go to The Big Show audio on demand page.
|07.13.11 at 4:11 pm ET|
The Royals are already out of playoff contention and will assume the role of trade deadline sellers once again. This time around, ESPN’s Jason Churchill thinks Kansas City can make a big step in the rebuilding process by shopping Alex Gordon.
The 27-year-old’s stock has never been higher. He’s hitting .299 with 11 home runs, 50 RBI and 50 runs scored entering the All-Star break. According to Churchill, Gordon is one of the top trade pieces in baseball, and could be swapped for a solid number three starter or a package of prospects.
|07.13.11 at 3:20 pm ET|
Rockies pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez has been the subject of several trade rumors over the past few days, with several teams — namely the Reds and Yankees — showing interest in the right-hander. While the Rockies have said they’ll listen to offers for Jimenez, Troy Renck of The Denver Post reports he isn’t going anywhere.
According to Renck, Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd is only hearing trade offers to feel out other teams’ needs, and is not looking to sell. With a very thin market for starting pitching, Colorado would have a very hard time getting equal value for Jimenez, although he’s 4-8 with a 4.14 ERA.
|07.13.11 at 2:54 pm ET|
Heyman reports that Sabathia may have been acting alone, and that the Yankees still might not pursue Fielder, who will be a free agent in 2012. However, Sabathia’s endorsement of New York suggests that he’ll be staying with the Yankees for the foreseeable future, whether it’s through a contract extension or picking up his player option.
|07.13.11 at 2:48 pm ET|
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Yankees will not pursue Carlos Beltran before the July 31 trade deadline. The Mets outfielder has said he’d waive his no-trade clause to a play for a contender, and the Giants have emerged as a potential suitor.
The Yankees currently have Nick Swisher in right field, who’s hitting .249 with 10 home runs and 49 RBI.
Olney also reports the Tigers could be in the hunt for Beltran, because of their willingness to absorb big money contracts.
|07.13.11 at 8:41 am ET|
In the National League clubhouse following Tuesday night’s All-Star Game, Giants closer Brian Wilson said that his team is interested in Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran and could seek a trade for the veteran before this month’s trade deadline.
John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle tweeted a quote from Wilson: “I guess we’re in talks with them about Beltran. Just another perennial hitter. Could only help out a squad.
When asked to clarify, the closer smiled and said, “I didn’t say that. I said I heard a rumor that someone’s interested.’
Beltran is on the record saying that he would waive his no-trade clause to play for the Giants.
|07.13.11 at 1:14 am ET|
PHOENIX — Their lockers were lined up adjacent to one another, assuming the largest plot of real estate in the American League clubhouse. Yet of the six Red Sox All-Stars, one of them was in a different position from his Boston teammates.
Jacoby Ellsbury was the lone member of the team who was in his first Midsummer Classic. As such, during a hectic couple of days in Phoenix, he tried to take in as much as he could of the opportunity to mingle with the ensemble of baseball’s top talents.
“It was a great experience. I came into it just trying to let everything sink in. in the next couple days, I’ll kind of look back, [reflect], but it was a great time. I had fun,” said Ellsbury. “I just tried to meet everybody. I tried to have some conversations with everybody. … . I just tried to soak everything in and enjoy it.”
Ellsbury’s participation in the showcase event didn’t go exactly according to script. He entered the game in the bottom of the fifth as a defensive replacement for Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson, and punched out in both of his plate appearances: first in the sixth inning on a changeup from Braves hurler Jair Jurrjens, then again in the eighth on a 97 mph sinker from Braves left-hander Jonny Venters.
“I think I saw Jurrgens in ‘07. I was looking for different stuff than he threw me. Venters was pretty nasty,” Ellsbury acknowledged. “You’re coming in and facing guys who you’ve maybe never faced before, the best in the game at what they do. You know, unfortunately tonight didn’t go my way, but I loved the experience, had a great time out there.”
It has already been a gratifying season in many respects for Ellsbury. The center fielder, after being limited to just 18 games in 2010 by rib fractures, has asserted himself as one of the most dynamic players in the game. He is hitting .316 with a .377 OBP, .490 slugging percentage, a career high 11 homers and 28 steals while having played 89 of his team’s 90 games.
At the conclusion of a first half that he acknowledges has been his finest with the Sox, he achieved a lasting memory to punctuate what he has accomplished to date.
“This was pretty special ‘ something I’ll never forget,” said Ellsbury.
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