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Rumor Mill: Mayo on Sox targets

07.31.09 at 12:41 pm ET
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This from MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo: “I’m hearing odds of Padres dealing AGonzalez are very low at this point.”

On Victor Martinez: “Source tells me chances of Tribe dealing V-Mart is about 50 percent.”

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Rumor Mill: Teams trying for King Felix?

07.31.09 at 12:19 pm ET
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ESPN Rumor Central notes that six teams have contacted the Mariners about 23-year-old ace Felix Hernandez, but were all rejected. Hernandez is a free agent after the 2011 season.

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UPDATE: Tigers get Washburn

07.31.09 at 11:39 am ET
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Mike Salk is reporting that the Tigers have traded for Seattle starter Jarrod Washburn. Pitchers Luke French and Mauricio Robles are headed to the Mariners, according to a TV report by Buster Olney.

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Rumor Mill: Sox after Gonzalez and Bell?

07.31.09 at 11:30 am ET
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Here’s an interesting one: the Daily News is reporting that the Sox are not only in “full pursuit” of Adrian Gonzalez, but may also be able to get Padres closer Heath Bell included in a deal for the slugger. The report says the Sox would have to include flamethrowing rookie Daniel Bard in such a package deal.

The 31-year-old Bell has 25 saves and a 2.01 ERA this year, though it’s worth noting his home field is the pitcher-friendly PETCO Park. He has 48 strikeouts in 40.1 innings in his first All-Star season.

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Rumor Mill: Start with Doc, move on to bats?

07.31.09 at 11:10 am ET
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Tim Brown has the Red Sox spending the morning trying to work out a deal for Roy Halladay. If no deal is reached, Brown says they’ll turn their attention to Adrian Gonzalez or Victor Martinez.

On the Halladay front, the Rangers are apparently out of it, according to T.R. Sullivan. The reason? Sullivan says the Rangers won’t give up rookie lefty Derek Holland, who struck out 10 Mariners over eight and two-thirds last night.

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Rumor Mill: Thanks for your time, Adam?

07.31.09 at 10:14 am ET
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Jayson Stark is reporting that the Red Sox and Indians are looking to add a third team to a deal that would send Victor Martinez to the Red Sox and Clay Buchholz to the Indians. The Sox would then send Adam LaRoche packing.

It is unknown which prospect(s) the Sox could expect back in the deal, but this report could come as a surprise to some. For starters, acquiring LaRoche didn’t tax the farm system in the way getting Martinez will. Second of all, there have been multiple reports, including this one by Peter Gammons, that the Red Sox had previously turned down Buchholz for Martinez.

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Links To Report Reactions

07.31.09 at 8:57 am ET
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A lot has been written and said since the news broke that both David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez were on the 2003 list of MLB players to test positive for performance-enhancing substances. With that said, Full Count wants to make it easier for you to find it all in the same place. The links below will give you insight from the players (past and present) and the Red Sox staff.

Remember, Full Count will be the place for the latest news on this developing story, as well as the trade deadline events as they unfold.

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Rumor Mill: O-Cab to Minnesota?

07.31.09 at 2:37 am ET
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After Susan Slusser reported that the Red Sox and Athletics never saw talks progress to the level of an offer being made involving Orlando Cabrera, it appears the shortstop could still be on the move.

Buster Olney reports that the Twins are in negotiations to bring the former Sox shortstop to Minnesota, and that the talks are going “steady.” It is unknown what the Athletics are looking for in return.

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Cabrera Recalls Fateful Deadline Deal

07.31.09 at 2:27 am ET
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A seemingly uneventful Saturday afternoon in New England five years ago turned into a dramatic source of change for a baseball franchise. The events of that day altered the course of Red Sox history and, in turn, changed the baseball lives of a handful of players.

One can argue that no player – not even former Red Sox fan favorite Nomar Garciaparra – was more dramatically affected by the landmark four-team deal between the Sox, Cubs, Twins and Expos than former Montreal Expo Orlando Cabrera on July 31, 2004.

The trade winds had been blowing in New England for quite awhile that summer as rumors swirled that the Red Sox were going to deal away fan favorite shortstop Nomar Garciaparra. The trade buzz was just as real in Quebec as Cabrera, then the Expos shortstop, was hearing rumors of a deal sending him to the Windy City in exchange for Cubs shortstop Alex Gonzalez. When the now-famous deal came through, Montreal manager Frank Robinson played a little bit of a guessing game with Cabrera concerning the shortstop’s new destination.

“He told me ‘€˜you got traded.’ I said, ‘€˜What? Alright,'” recalled Cabrera. “Robinson asks me, ‘€˜Do you know where you got traded?’€™ I said ‘€˜Chicago, right?’€™ The Cubs.

“That whole time all the talk was me and Alex Gonzalez. (Robinson) was like, ‘Guess again.’…He kept asking me to guess again. For 10 minutes, he didn’€™t want to tell me. Then he said, you got traded to Boston.”

That news made no sense to Cabrera. He didn’t understand why the Sox acquire him if they did not want him to play short. Robinson reassured Cabrera that he would be taking his normal spot in Boston, which prompted further confusion.

“‘Wait — Nomar’€™s moving to third?'” Cabrera asked at the time.

“‘No,'” Cabrera recalled Robinson replying, “‘you got traded for him.’ I couldn’€™t believe it.’€

Cabrera credits the trade as a defining moment in his 12-year career. Gone were the days of perennial basement residence in Montreal, and in were the days of playing for a contending ball club in Boston.

“It really put my career on the map,” Cabrera said. “To go all the way and win in the way we won, everybody on our team was put on the map.”

The new shortstop made sure he made the most of his tenure in Boston as a key cog in the team’s 2004 World Series title. Cabrera hit .294 with 67 hits, six home runs and 31 RBI in just 58 regular season games with the Red Sox.

The experience was not merely memorable for Cabrera because of his performance or even just for the championship. The 2004 squad that featured Cabrera was a tight one. That strong camaraderie was something that Cabrera hadn’t experienced in a six-and-a-half-year tenure in the Olympic Stadium clubhouse.

“That was the most unbelievable thing about that team, the chemistry,” Cabrera recalled. “Everybody was pulling for the next guy.”

Was that fraternal atmosphere one of the more important ingredients to the championship puzzle? Cabrera can’t say for sure, but the shortstop believes in the value and strong impact team chemistry have on a team down the stretch.

“I always said that when we talk about chemistry, it’s all about how the others guys respond to the way you are,” Cabrera said.

This sort of baseball brotherhood in Boston was certainly a far cry from the days of 25 guys with 25 cabs. Cabrera recalled that the 2004 Red Sox were big proponents often went out as a collective while on the road, something nearly unheard of among baseball teams before or since.

“We would have dinner in Seattle and the whole team shows up,” Cabrera remembered fondly. “I’d never been on a team like that where everybody was on the same page.”

Prior to the 2009 season, Cabrera and Garciaparra had that 2004 trade as the tie that bound them together in the annals of baseball history. Exactly five years have passed from that trade that changed the course of each player’s careers, and today they’re both wearing the same Oakland green and gold. Cabrera has found the experience of being on the same club as Garciaparra to be thrilling, in no small part because it has brought him full circle to a career-changing moment.

“We share that piece of history. For me, that’s one of the most amazing things. My daughters got to meet this guy. I explained to them, that’s one of the reasons my career jumped from nowhere to be something in the league,” said Cabrera. “This guy is an amazing guy. For me to get to know him, it’s been priceless.”

Alex Speier contributed to this report.

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UPDATED: Washburn to Yanks?

07.30.09 at 11:46 pm ET
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Shortly after Doug Melvin said he didn’t think Jarrod Washburn would be dealt, SI’s Jon Heyman is reporting that the Yankees are, in fact, discussing a trade with the Mariners for the starter. Heyman says that they Yankees won’t give up Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, Austin Jackson, Austin Romine or Jesus Montero, but that the Mariners can have their pick of anyone else. It’s hard to imagine Seattle jumping at an offer of New York’s second-tier prospects, especially given the struggles of Dellin Betances.

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