Dodgers Out on Jon Lester, David Price, and Cole Hamels
Jul30

Dodgers Out on Jon Lester, David Price, and Cole Hamels

Peter Gammons reports that the Los Angeles Dodgers are not trading their top prospects, and as a result, are out of the running for top pitchers like Jon Lester, David Price, and Cole Hamels. Dodgers have made it clear they're not trading Pederson, Seager or Urias, no longer on Lester, Price or Hamels. Thinking backend SP, bench — Peter Gammons (@pgammo) July 30, 2014 The St. Louis Cardinals just traded for Justin Masterson,...

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Cardinals Trade For Justin Masterson
Jul30

Cardinals Trade For Justin Masterson

The St. Louis Cardinals have traded for Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Justin Masterson, according to Peter Gammons. The Indians are trading Justin Masterson to the Cardinals — Peter Gammons (@pgammo) July 30, 2014 Joel Sherman reports that outfielder James Ramsey could be going back to the Indians in the deal. Masterson to #stlcards hearing that James Ramsey is going back to the #Indians — Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1)...

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How Jon Lester Could Impact a Very Close NL Playoff Race
Jul30

How Jon Lester Could Impact a Very Close NL Playoff Race

Normally we only do one playoff projection each week. In last Friday’s update, the Pirates had the sixth best odds of making the post season, and were sitting just outside of the second Wild Card spot. Since then, they’ve gone 3-2, with two big wins against the NL Wild Card contending¬†San Francisco Giants. That has given the Pirates a slight jump in the projections this week. The purpose of this update isn’t to...

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Jameson Taillon Completes His First Day of Catch
Jul30

Jameson Taillon Completes His First Day of Catch

Jameson Taillon just tweeted that he had his first day of catch today, throwing from 45 feet. First day of catch in the books. May have been only 45 ft, but life just feels right with a baseball in my hand! — Jameson Taillon (@JTaillon19) July 30, 2014 The normal progression for Tommy John surgery is to take four months off from throwing for rest and rehab purposes. We’re now¬†about four months beyond when Taillon had his...

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First Pitch: Finding a Middle Ground in the Jon Lester/Josh Bell Debate
Jul30

First Pitch: Finding a Middle Ground in the Jon Lester/Josh Bell Debate

The lead up to the trade deadline has been pretty bland so far. The Pirates are looking at relievers. The Pirates are looking at more relievers. They like A.J. Burnett, kind of, but don’t like his salary for 2015. More relievers. Interest in Marlon Byrd, for some reason. Relievers. Not really interested in Burnett anymore because of the 2015 salary. Just to specify: left-handed relievers. And that was the way it was until this...

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