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Posted on: July 18, 2011 9:30 pm
Edited on: July 18, 2011 9:36 pm

Angels GM says he can add payroll

Tony ReaginsBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Angels general manager Tony Reagins says he's hasn't been given orders not to spend money at the trade deadline, as had been reported recently.

"I haven't been limited in any way," Reagins told Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. "I've never had a conversation of that sort with Arte [Moreno] and any writer who writes something like that is misinformed."

However, the Angels currently have a $140 million payroll with approximately $28 million going to Scott Kazmir, Kendrys Morales and Gary Matthews Jr. That doesn't even take into offseason additions of Vernon Wells, Hisanori Takahashi and Scott Downs -- none of whom came cheap.

The Angels have come up in rumors about Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran and Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez. Another name that's popped up is Kansas City's Wilson Betemit and Melky Cabrera. There's also San Diego relievers Heath Bell and Mike Adams, who are the top relievers available.

Anaheim is entered Monday four games behind Texas in the American League West and could use some help in the bullpen and on offense. 

"You always look to upgrade if you can. If the right situation comes along, we'll be open to it," Reagins said. ""But the biggest improvement is going to come from within.

"Each situation [in the past, such as Mark Teixeira in 2008, Scott Kazmir in 2009 and Dan Haren last season] was trying to put the club in position to win a championship. … If that situation presents itself at this deadline, we'll be ready to act."

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Posted on: July 18, 2011 8:51 pm
Edited on: July 18, 2011 11:29 pm

Mets willing to pick up Beltran's salary

Carlos BeltranBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The willingness to spend money isn't just important to the buyers at trade deadline time -- a loose pocketbook can also help sellers.

It could really help the Mets, who have outfielder Carlos Beltran available to interested parties. And because the Mets are willing to pay the remainder of his $18.5 million contract this season, the team can ask for more talent in return.

"From what I gather, they are asking a lot for him because they are willing to pick up all of his salary," a source told ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin.

Beltran would be due nearly $6 million on July 31, but if the team takes on that money, they can possibly get a top-tier prospect in return, something they didn't get for closer Francisco Rodriguez in last week's trade with the Brewers.

Beltran will be a rental, but if the rent is cheap, more teams may be interested. Among those teams would be the Diamondbacks, Pirates, Red Sox, Phillies, Braves and Angels.

Some teams, however, would rather give up money than prospects. Andrew Baggarley of the San Jose Mercury News writes that the Giants would rather pay in dollars instead of players. The Tigers would also prefer to pay cash, Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes, as would the Indians, CBSSports.com senior writer Danny Knobler notes.

Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman reports the Mets don't expect Beltran to pass through waivers in August, so if he's going to be traded, it'll be this month. The Mets are 8.5 games behind the Braves in the National League East, but don't have any games against either the Braves or Phillies before July 31. 

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Posted on: July 18, 2011 7:45 pm
Edited on: July 18, 2011 7:59 pm

Simon on his way back to U.S.

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Alfredo SimonOrioles pitcher Alfredo Simon is finished with his hearing in the Dominican Republic and is on his way back to the United States, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Simon was placed on the restricted list Sunday night and is expected to make his next start on Friday against Anaheim. 

Simon has yet to be charged with the New Year's Day shooting of his cousin, but he also hasn't been cleared, the paper reports. He could still have to return for another hearing in the future.

Simon could be back in uniform Tuesday in Baltimore.

Before the season, it was uncertain if the Orioles would keep Simon around if he was even able to return to the U.S., but the former reliever has been turned into a starter and has pitched well, allowing five earned runs in 11 2/3 innings in two starts. Overall, he's 2-2 with a 4.36 ERA in 33 innings and nine outings.

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Posted on: July 18, 2011 7:19 pm
Edited on: July 18, 2011 7:32 pm

Polanco won't return from DL on Wednesday

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Placido PolancoPhillies third baseman Placido Polanco will not return to the team on Wednesday when he is eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list. Polanco, voted by the fans to start the All-Star Game, hasn't played since July 4 because of back pain. On Monday, he told reporters he was still in pain from the bulging disc.

Polanco is currently on anti-inflammatory medication and may need an epidural injection.

"The idea was thrown out by doctors in Philly," Polanco told reporters, including Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com. "They say they really help. I've tried rest and medication. I'm at the point where I think I'll have the injection. It's still sore."

Roy Oswalt had an epidural injection earlier this month for the bulging disc in his back and is reportedly feeling better.

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Posted on: July 18, 2011 6:21 pm
Edited on: July 18, 2011 6:27 pm

Yankees reserve has appendectomy

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Ramiro PenaYankees infielder Ramiro Pena underwent an emergency appendectomy this morning, the New York Post reports.

Pena doesn't quite have the same name recognition as Matt Holliday or Adam Dunn, but he is a Yankee and the team is already down a third baseman in Alex Rodriguez, who is on the disabled list following knee surgery. The Post notes Joba Chamberlain, already out for the season following Tommy John surgery, had an appendectomy two weeks ago.

According to the newspaper, Pena woke up this morning and called Yankee trainers complaining about stomach pains. He was taken to a hospital in the Tampa Bay area. He is expected to miss four to six weeks and the team called up Brandon Laird from Triple-A.

Laird, who will make his major league debut when he gets into a game, is hitting .266/.296/.415 with 10 home runs and 49 RBI for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Pena has two hits in 25 at-bats this season, playing in 14 games. 

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Posted on: July 18, 2011 5:45 pm
Edited on: July 18, 2011 8:20 pm

Ramirez could move after July 31

Aramis RamirezBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez isn't going anywhere… for now.

Ramirez has a full no-trade protection as a player with 10/5 rights, 10 years of service and five with the same team. Ramirez, 33, could be a target for many teams, including the Angels, Tigers and Pirates, but his agent, Paul Kinzer, tells FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal that Ramirez wouldn't approve a trade before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

That last part is the key, though -- Ramirez may approve a trade in August if he clears waivers or the Cubs can make a deal with a claiming team. Last year Chicago moved Derek Lee in August. The issue for Ramirez is his family. His wife and children will return to the Dominican Republic for the start of school in August, and at that point he might be more open to moving.

"When his family goes back, and his kids go back to school, that could possibly loosen it up," Kinzer told Rosenthal. "As of now, he has no interest. He loves Chicago. He always wanted to finish his career there."

Later, Ramirez confirmed to the Chicago Tribune that his family is the reason he isn't interested in a trade.

"It is for family considerations," Ramirez said. "If I were to be single, by myself, yeah, I'd move anywhere and be in a hotel the last two months. But it's too tough with my family. I've earned the right to be in this position."

Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune writes that teams think this is a bluff and Ramirez would accept a trade. He also said the Tigers could send Brandon Inge and prospects to Chicago in return for Ramirez and Carlos Zambrano

The Cubs have a $16 million option on Ramirez for 2012 that becomes automatic, plus another $1 million if he's traded. Kinzer, though, said Ramirez would prefer to have that option dropped if he's traded, making him a free agent after the season. He'd be the second player to decline a guaranteed option for big bucks in 2012 in a trade, as Francisco Rodriguez made a similar move to become a free agent after the season following his trade to Milwaukee.

"Most teams wouldn't have a problem with that," Kinzer said. "They would be renting a player for the rest of the season. That's all stuff we'd have to look at."

If he stays with the Cubs through the end of the season, it's unlikely Chicago would pick up his option.

Ramirez is hitting .300/346/.504 with 16 home runs and 56 RBI this season, and since June 1 he's been on fire, hitting .313/.345/.631 with 14 home runs and 37 RBI. He would help any team that needs a little pop in the lineup, that's for sure. It would be interesting if he were to return to Pittsburgh, where he started his career. The Pirates need a third baseman and they need a power jolt to the lineup. Pittsburgh has come out and said it would look to upgrade its lineup heading into August.

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Posted on: July 18, 2011 5:06 pm
Edited on: July 18, 2011 5:40 pm

On Deck: Pirate proving ground


By C. Trent Rosecrans

Crucial stretch: The Pirates enter Monday's game a half-game behind the Brewers in the National League Central, but if they are to stay in the race, the next 13 games will be huge. Pittsburgh has three against Cincinnati and three more at home against St. Louis before hitting the road for four in Atlanta and three more in Philadelphia. The Pirates are 11-17 against teams with winning records and 34-23 against teams with losing records, including a 9-3 mark against the Astros. Pittsburgh is 5-1 against Cincinnati heading into Monday night's game. The Reds are one of those teams with a losing record, but they are the defending champs in the division and are just 3.5 games back of the lead. Reds at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. ET (Follow live)

Scott DiamondDiamond debut: Twins left-hander Scott Diamond will make his big league debut in the second game of a double header with Cleveland. Diamond is 4-8 with a 4.70 ERA in 17 starts for Triple-A Rochester this season. The Twins fell six games behind the Indians earlier in the day thanks to Asdrubal Cabrera's three-run homer in the third and seven shutout innings from David Huff. The Twins have two more games against the Indians this week before welcoming Detroit for four in a crucial stretch. Fausto Carmona (4-10, 5.78 ERA) will be activated from the disabled list before the game. Carmona injured his right quad when he tripped over first base in Cincinnati on July 2 but only missed one start thanks to the All-Star break. Indians at Twins, 8:10 p.m. ET (Follow live)

Chad BillingsleyYou want it, you got it: The Dodgers re-shuffled their rotation after the break to make sure Chad Billingsley would face the Giants. Billingsley is 3-1 with a 1.32 ERA in his last four starts before the break. In his career, the right-hander is 7-4 with a 3.01 ERA, but 1-1 with a 5.59 ERA in three starts against the Giants this season. He goes against San Francisco's Ryan Vogelsong (6-1, 2.17 ERA), who hasn't faced the Dodgers this season. Dodgers at Giants, 10:15 p.m. ET (Follow live)

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Posted on: July 17, 2011 10:26 pm
Edited on: July 18, 2011 5:45 am

Rays' Maddon fine with sign stealing

Joe MaddonBy C. Trent Rosecrans

There are many reasons I like Tampa Bay's Joe Maddon and think he's one of the absolute best managers in the game -- but two of the biggest are his original thinking and his willingness to speak his mind, even if it's a little controversial.

Sunday he was asked about the accusations by the Yankees that the Blue Jays are stealing signs. Maddon said he was all for "traditional sign stealing."

From the St. Petersburg Times:

"I'm all for stealing a third-base coach's signs or if a manager is not hiding his signs to whomever or if a catcher goes out, whatever, those signs are there to be stolen," Maddon said. "That's part of the game. Utiliziing technology to do that I think is inappropriate. … That's bad form, I don't agree with that. I love a good sign-stealer, that's my kind of guy. … The other stuff is purely cheating and definitely does not have a part in the game."

One of the many beauties of baseball is the fine line between gamesmanship and cheating -- and Maddon's right, sign stealing can be on either side. For the record, Maddon said he didn't think the Jays were using binoculars or electronic devices to steal signs -- "We have not thought [that] this year," Maddon said.

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