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Trade Deadline: Jason Giambi quad injury to hurt trade chances?

07.26.11 at 11:41 am ET
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Rockies pinch-hitter/first baseman Jason Giambi left Monday night’s loss to the Dodgers with an apparent quad injury and could be headed for the disabled list, according to a report by Troy Renck of The Denver Post. Not only would the injury hurt Giambi’s playing chances but also his chances at being traded to a contender, such as the Phillies.

Renck notes that Giambi doesn’t want to leave Colorado but if the Rockies continue to sit well out of the playoff race in the NL, then he might leave for the right price. Plus, Renck says there is always the possibility that he could leave via trade and return in the offseason.

Giambi had a .962 OPS and hit 10 home runs in 96 at-bats in mostly pinch-hitting duty for the Rockies this season before going down with the quad issue.

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Why the Red Sox haven’t been in the B.J. Upton market

07.26.11 at 11:37 am ET
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The Red Sox are typically connected with every big name on the trade market. If there is an opportunity to improve their team — whether at a position of need or not — they want to investigate the feasibility of doing so, even if it ultimately proves unrealistic for any number of factors (cost in prospects, dollars, disruption to a team, etc.).

Recent weeks have been little different. The Sox have long since left behind their poor start to claim the best record in the American League. At 62-38, they are on pace for exactly 100 wins, yet they are still discussing potential avenues for upgrades, whether bullpen upgrades, right-handed bench bats or the high end of the market, including Mets switch-hitting outfielder Carlos Beltran or a starter such as Rockies flamethrower Ubaldo Jimenez.

Yet this year, the Sox have not been attached to every major player who is being dangled in the summer swap meet. Indeed, the Sox have remained unconnected to a small cluster of players who would represent potential fits in areas of need. Those players have a common denominator: They are members of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Many teams have viewed Rays centerfielder B.J. Upton as the Plan B should they prove unable to pry Beltran from the Mets. Yet even though he would represent a potential fit for the Sox given his ability to impact the game in a number of ways, the fact that he would offer a right-handed counterbalance in a left-leaning lineup and the fact that he won’t become a free agent until after the 2012 season, the Sox have not been involved in the market for the talented but inconsistent 26-year-old.

And even as the Sox kick the tires on the starting pitching market, they were not connected to Rays ace James Shields while his name was floated in the ether (and before it was reportedly removed from it), nor are they likely to be in heavy pursuit of pitchers such as Jeff Niemann or Wade Davis as their names flicker into the rumor mill. Read the rest of this entry »

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Trade Deadline: Reds reportedly out of running for Carlos Beltran

07.26.11 at 11:24 am ET
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Depending on which you report you read, Carlos Beltran may or may not wish to stay in the National League, but the Reds, one of the senior-circuit teams who could be interested in the Mets outfielder, aren’t talking to New York about any deal, according to a tweet from ESPN’s Buster Olney.

The Reds appear to be all set in right field with Jay Bruce, who owns an .844 OPS to go with 21 HR and 57 RBI. They would have a bigger need in left, where Jonny Gomes doesn’t inspire too much confidence with his .211 average and .735 OPS. But it has been widely reported that Beltran would rather stay in right field than move to another position, thus probably negating any interest that the Reds may have had.

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Trade Deadline: White Sox status to come down to Tigers series?

07.26.11 at 10:55 am ET
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It’s only July 26, but the biggest series of the season for the White Sox might be going on right now. As Chicago Tribune reporter Mark Gonzales writes, the White Sox status as either a buyer or seller this trading season may be determined by how they perform against the AL Central-leading Tigers this week.

After a 6-3 win over the Tigers Monday night, Chicago’s AL club sits 3 1/2 games behind its rivals from Detroit, but if it drops the final two games of the series, GM Ken Williams may consider the lead too far out of reach and go into selling mode. ‘€œCertainly we need to wait and get on the other side of this Detroit series,” Williams said Monday afternoon.

Following the conclusion of the three-game set with the Tigers, the White Sox take on the  team with the best record in the AL in the Red Sox at home for three games this weekend.

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Trade Deadline: Twins reportedly unsure of buyer/seller status

07.26.11 at 10:32 am ET
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The Twins, who stand only seven games back in the AL Central with 60 games left, are “still deciding whether to buy or sell,” according to a tweet from Sports Illustrated baseball writer Jon Heyman. That deficit is not completely out of reach. For perspective, the Twins sat 11 1/2 games out of first 60 games ago but have made up 4 1/2 games of ground since then.

Heyman tweets that if the Twins decide they want to sell, the Giants, who are seen as one of the leaders in any Carlos Beltran deal, would inquire about All-Star outfielder Michael Cuddyer (.296 BA, .838 OPS, 14 HR, 48 RBI) to fill their outfield need. The right-handed hitting Cuddyer would also make sense for the Red Sox, if Boston could get him for the right price.

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Trade Deadline: Rangers in position to make waves?

07.26.11 at 10:09 am ET
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Year in and year out lately, it seems like you can always count on the Red Sox, Yankees and Phillies as being the three teams not only in a position to be buyers but also having the necessary resources to make the biggest deals of the late-July trading season. Well, according to an article from FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, you can now add the Rangers to that list.

Rosenthal points out that just a year ago, the Rangers needed financial help from Major League Baseball to make payroll. But with a new ownership in place, that is no longer the case. In fact, Texas is willing to spend to give itself a chance at reaching the World Series for the second year in a row.

Rosenthal brings up Carlos Beltran as the biggest fish in the trading waters and says that the Rangers lineup, which already boasts Josh Hamilton, Adrian Beltre, Michael Young and Nelson Cruz, would echo that of the mid-1990’s Indians if Beltran slid in as the team’s cleanup hitter. Rosenthal also tosses out prize targets like Hiroki Kuroda, Heath Bell and Ubaldo Jimenez as players Texas could pursue.

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Trade Deadline: Rays reportedly willing to trade Wade Davis, Jeff Niemann

07.26.11 at 9:36 am ET
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The Rays will not trade All-Star James Shields, who is having a career year in Tampa Bay, but the team is willing to put starting pitchers Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann on the trade market, according to a tweet from CBSSports.com’s Danny Knobler.

Niemann has better stats (4-4, 3.86 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 2.94 K/BB) than Davis (7-7, 4.46 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, 1.32 K/BB), but he also missed more than a month in May and June after going down with a back injury.

The Rays are slowly slipping out of playoff contention and are two and 7 1/2 games behind the Red Sox and Yankees for the AL East and Wild Card leads respectively.

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