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Posted on: August 4, 2011 3:33 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2011 3:34 pm
 

Can the White Sox get a July 31 do-over?

Imagine if the trade deadline were this Sunday, instead of last Sunday.

Imagine if the White Sox were deciding this week, instead of last week, whether to blow up their team and turn into outright sellers.

You think the decision might have been different?

I sure do.

Remember where general manager Kenny Williams was headed, before the Sox won two of three games from the Tigers last week. According to sources, White Sox players believed that if they lost two of three or got swept by the Tigers, Williams would begin an all-out sale that could have included John Danks, Gavin Floyd and even Paul Konerko (who could have blocked a deal with his 10-5 rights).

Imagine how valuable Danks and Floyd would have been in a market short on impact starting pitchers. You'd better believe that the Yankees, among other teams, would have been asking.

Instead, the White Sox won two of three from the Tigers, and Williams held onto his players. He traded Edwin Jackson and Mark Teahen, and explored deals for Carlos Quentin, but perhaps against his better instincts, he held onto the core of his team.

And look what has happened.

The White Sox have lost five straight. They've looked absolutely overmatched in the first three games of a four-game series with the Yankees.

And heading into play Thursday, they were 6 1/2 games out. The computers at Cool Standings gave them less than a 10 percent chance at winning the division.

Worse than that, your own eyes tell you they would have just as slim a chance of winning in the playoffs, if they could even get there. The five-game losing streak has come at home, against the Red Sox and Yankees.

That's exactly what some White Sox officials were thinking last week. The more White Sox people you talked to, the more you realized that they didn't like their team, and didn't see this group winning a World Series.

But they were just three games out of first place.

Now they're not, but now the non-waiver deadline has passed. It's very unlikely that Quentin, Danks or Floyd could get through waivers that would be needed for a trade between now and the end of the season.

So what happens now?

Maybe the White Sox make another run at the Tigers, helped by a schedule that gets easier for the rest of the month (the Sox play the Orioles and Royals next week). Maybe Williams looks to deal some players who could get through waivers.

And maybe now he blows up the team this winter.

Imagine if he could do it this week.

Posted on: August 2, 2011 7:10 pm
 

Marlins build a ballpark, and maybe a team

NEW YORK -- The Marlins announced Tuesday that they'll open their new ballpark with two exhibition games against the Yankees.

Two days earlier, they announced that they'll open the new ballpark with the same core of players they have now.

That's not exactly true, but it sure did feel significant that the Marlins let this non-waiver trade deadline pass without sending anyone away. The Marlins haven't usually been active sellers in July, but somehow it felt more significant that they didn't sell anyone off this July 31.

It didn’t go unnoticed in the clubhouse, either.

"Next year, going to the new stadium, we're going to need those pieces," Wes Helms said.

That squares with what the Marlins told teams that inquired about Ricky Nolasco, Anibal Sanchez, Leo Nunez and other Marlins. The Marlins may not have much chance at catching the Braves in the NL wild-card race (although they say they're not giving up on that yet), but they believe that a strong finish this year can be an important step towards what they hope to do in the new park next year.

"They know they want a winner going into the new stadium," Helms said.

It was a strange trade deadline in the NL East. The two teams that have pulled away at the top did exactly what you'd expect -- both the Phillies and Braves improved by adding Astros outfielders -- but the three teams at the bottom resisted all-out sales.

The Mets traded only the two players they absolutely had to move, outfielder Carlos Beltran and closer Francisco Rodriguez. The Nationals eventually dealt starter Jason Marquis, but only after trading for a bench player (Jonny Gomes) and trying like heck to trade for a center fielder.

And the Marlins held onto what they have, happy that after falling 11 games under .500 in late June, they played well enough in July that they began play Tuesday just one game below break-even for the season.

"I've always preached to them that once we get to .500, we'll take off," manager Jack McKeon said. "I gave that same speech in '03."

The difference was by the first days of August 2003, the Marlins were already 10 games over .500, and just two games behind in the wild-card race. As of Tuesday, the Marlins were 8 1/2 games behind the wild-card leading Braves (and a game behind the third-place Mets).

At this point, it really seems to be about finishing strong and building momentum towards the new stadium.

"It was important to win games and continue to improve and have continuity," general manager Larry Beinfest told reporters after the July 31 deadline passed. "And we felt pretty good about keeping this team together at this point and having a good, productive two months as we head into the new ballpark."

Beinfest and McKeon said the Marlins would have added rather than subtracted had they made a move at the deadline.

"I mean, we're trying to build," McKeon said. "We're not trying to trade our good pieces off."

They're building a ballpark. They believe they're building a winning team.

They're trying to sell tickets. They didn't sell their players.

It's all related.
Posted on: July 31, 2011 4:20 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2011 5:01 pm
 

Red Sox get Bedard in 3-team deal

A day after their trade for Rich Harden fell through over reported concerns about his health, the Red Sox traded for another oft-injured pitcher, acquiring left-hander Erik Bedard from the Mariners in a three-team trade that also included the Dodgers, sources confirmed to CBSSports.com.

The deal was completed just before the 4 p.m. ET non-waiver trade deadline.

The Red Sox traded Double-A catcher Tim Federowicz and pitchers Steven Fife and Juan Rodriguez to the Dodgers, who then sent outfielder Trayvon Robinson to the Mariners. Bedard and minor-league reliever Josh Fields go to the Red Sox, who will also send Chih-Hsien Chiang to Seattle.

Bedard didn't make it out of the second inning in a horrible showcase start Friday night, when he came off the disabled list to pitch against the Rays. But the Red Sox obviously came out of that game convinced that Bedard was healthy, and with Hiroki Kuroda and Ubaldo Jimenez unavailable, and with Harden deal having collapsed, the Red Sox took a chance.

The Red Sox had been looking for rotation depth, especially with Clay Buchholz in California to see a back specialist early this week. All five pitchers who began the year in the Red Sox rotation have missed at least one start with a health issue, and Daisuke Matsuzaka is out for the year after Tommy John surgery.

Scouts who saw Bedard before he went on the DL said he was pitching like he did in his prime, when he was a 15-game winner with the Orioles in 2006. The Mariners acquired him from Baltimore in February 2008, in a deal that cost Seattle a package that included center fielder Adam Jones.


Posted on: July 31, 2011 2:37 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2011 2:48 pm
 

Rangers get Mike Adams from Padres

A day after acquiring Koji Uehara from the Orioles, the Rangers added to their bullpen again Sunday by acquiring Mike Adams from the Padres.

Adams, the most sought-after setup man on the market, has a 1.13 ERA in 48 appearances this year for San Diego. He has held opponents to a .453 OPS.

The Rangers paid a steep price for Adams, giving up both Joe Wieland, the pitcher who threw a no-hitter last week for Double-A Frisco, and Robbie Erlin, another top Double-A pitching prospect. The Padres had reportedly sought Wieland and Erlin in exchange for closer Heath Bell.

With the trading deadline a little more than an hour away, the Padres were saying it was likely they would keep Bell, who can be a free agent at the end of the year but very much wants to remain in San Diego. Even if Bell were to leave as a free agent, the Padres would get two high draft picks as compensation.

The 33-year-old Adams, in some ways, had more value to teams than Bell, because he is under control through 2012.


Category: MLB
Posted on: July 31, 2011 12:59 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2011 2:19 pm
 

Diamondbacks get Ziegler from A's

The surprising Diamondbacks have acquired reliever Brad Ziegler from the A's, sources confirmed to CBSSports.com Sunday.

The Diamondbacks, just three games behind the Giants in the National League West and 4 1/2 games back of the Braves in the wild-card race, acquired starter Jason Marquis from the Nationals on Sunday.

First-year general manager Kevin Towers has rebuilt the Diamondbacks bullpen, and Ziegler will give them more depth. He's having a good year, with a 2.39 ERA in 43 appearances for the A's.

First baseman Brandon Allen and minor leaguer Jordan Norberto are the players the A's will get in exchange for Ziegler.



Posted on: July 31, 2011 9:57 am
Edited on: July 31, 2011 10:30 am
 

Braves get Michael Bourn from Astros

The Braves have acquired center fielder Michael Bourn from the Astros.

After starting out looking for a big outfield bat (the Braves were one of the teams most interested in Carlos Beltran), the Braves shifted their focus some after putting two center fielders (Jordan Schafer, Nate McLouth) on the disabled list. Bourn, regarded by some as the fastest player in baseball, should help.

In return for the 28-year-old Bourn, who leads the National League with 39 steals, the Astros get Schafer and three minor-league pitchers, Brett Oberholtzer, Paul Clemens and Juan Abreu. Thus, the Braves were able to add an outfielder without surrendering any of their top pitching prospects (as they would have had to do to get Beltran, Hunter Pence or Carlos Quentin). The Astros also included cash to pay part of Bourn's $4.4 million contract.

Bourn will be under Braves control through next year, when he can become a free agent.

Schafer, still just 24 years old, was once considered one of the Braves' top prospects, but he has mostly struggled in the big leagues, with a .223 career batting average and .613 OPS. The Braves put him on the DL this week with a chip fracture in his left middle finger.

"Michael Bourn is a perfect fit for our club, which focuses on speed and defense to match up with our strong pitching," Braves general manager Frank Wren said in a statement.

The Astros have traded away Pence and Bourn, after trading Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman last July. They could still move pitchers Wandy Rodriguez and Brett Myers, although interest in the two was described as light as recently as Saturday night. New owner Jim Crane, who has yet to officially take over from Drayton McLane, plans to cut the major-league payroll to about $60 million next year (from $70 million at the beginning of this year), and hopes to totally rebuild the organization.
Posted on: July 30, 2011 11:04 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2011 10:50 am
 

Giants get Orlando Cabrera from Indians

The Giants, who have been looking for small upgrades since making the big deal for Carlos Beltran, have acquired Orlando Cabrera from the Indians.

The much-traveled Cabrera became expendable in Cleveland when the Indians called up top prospect Jason Kipnis to play every day at second base. Cabrera is a shortstop by trade, but the Indians signed him to play second, alongside Asdrubal Cabrera (no relation).

The Indians got Thomas Neal, a 23-year-old Triple-A outfielder, in exchange for Orlando Cabrera.

Cabrera, who has been on playoff teams each of the last four years (in four different cities!), will likely play shortstop for the Giants. The Giants' .579 OPS at shortstop is the worst in the National League, and 29th in baseball ahead of only the Rays.

Cabrera is in the Giants' lineup at shortstop for Sunday's game in Cincinnati.

Brandon Crawford and Mike Fontenot had been sharing time at short. Crawford was optioned to Triple-A Fresno to make room on the roster for Cabrera.

Cabrera went to the playoffs with the Angels in 2007, with the White Sox in 2008, with the Twins in 2009 and with the Reds last year.

Now he's headed there again, with the Giants.



Posted on: July 30, 2011 10:34 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2011 1:09 am
 

Red Sox deal for Harden may be off

At one point Saturday night, Rich Harden seemed to be on his way to Boston.

By the end of the night, according to reports out of Oakland, A's general manager Billy Beane told Harden he was going nowhere.

Harden told reporters that he was told by Beane that he would be starting on Tuesday -- for Oakland.

Earlier in the evening, sources confirmed to CBSSports.com that the A's were close to a deal to send Harden to the Red Sox. The A's were to receive first baseman Lars Andersen and a player to be named in exchange for Harden.

It's not clear what happened between then and the end of the A's game with the Twins. Even late Saturday night, the websites of the San Francisco Chronicle and the Boston Globe still had stories about a completed trade.

The oft-injured Harden has made five starts for the A's this year, going 2-1 with a 4.30 ERA.

The Red Sox didn't think they'd need to trade for a starting pitcher this summer, but all five of their starters have missed at least one start because of a health issue. Daisuke Matsuzaka is out for the year after Tommy John surgery, and Clay Buchholz is traveling to California next week to see a back specialist.

With Jon Lester and Josh Beckett atop the rotation, the Red Sox could afford to add someone who could fit in behind them. If Harden can stay healthy, he should be able to do that. John Lackey, Tim Wakefield and Andrew Miller have been filling out the rotation behind Lester and Beckett.

 
 
 
 
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