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Posted on: July 28, 2011 3:51 pm

Brewers acquire Lopez from Rays

Felipe LopezBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The same day the Brewers officially placed Rickie Weeks on the disabled list, they added an infielder -- trading for Felipe Lopez of the Rays.

Lopez, a former All-Star, was with the Rays' Triple-A affiliate in Durham and was acquired for cash considerations, the Brewers announced. He will report to Milwaukee's Triple-A team in Nashville.

Lopez played in MIlwaukee at the end of the 2009 season and has played for a total of eight different teams in parts of 10 seasons, but has lasted nowhere more than four seasons. This season he landed in Joe Maddon's doghouse after flipping his bat following a home run and then two weeks later benched him for lack of hustle.

In 32 games for the Rays, he hit .216/.248/.320. At Triple-A Durham, he's hit .305/.357/.474 with seven home runs and 37 RBI.

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 2:54 pm

Tempers flare in Detroit

Brad PennyBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Tigers may be in first place in the American League Central, but things still seemed a little tense during Thursday afternoon's game with the Angels when starter Brad Penny and catcher Victor Martinez got into a spat on the mound.

With Peter Bourjos at the plate, Martinez called for a ball out wide of the strike zone and Penny threw the a pitch inside that Bourjos smacked into left for a double, scoring the Angles' second run of the fourth inning. Martinez then went to the mound to talk to the pitcher and Penny appeared to take offense to whatever was said and started to walk away before getting angry.

Martinez started walking away, but with Penny yelling at him, he returned to the mound. The two were face-to-face, although it didn't appear that it was coming close to blows, just a strong disagreement. As  Penny continued to yell at Martinez, pitching coach Jeff Jones got between the two.

Penny stayed in the game, getting Jeff Mathis on a sacrifice bunt before allowing another run to score on Erick Aybar's single to right. That's when Jim Leyland came out to get Penny. The Tigers brought in lefty Charlie Furbush to replace Penny, and he gave up an RBI single to Torii Hunter to close the book on Penny, who allowed nine hits and seven runs in 3 1/3 innings. He didn't strike out a batter and allowed a walk and a homer, watching his ERA rise to 4.89 this season. He's 7-7 coming into the game.

It should be noted, the Tigers have been hoping to upgrade their rotation at the trade deadline, and this outburst can't help but intensify those talks.

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:58 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2011 4:32 pm

Bell talks continue, Rangers balk at high price

By Scott Miller 

What we know right now is that the Rangers and Padres have spent significant time on the telephone over the past 24 hours with Texas taking a hard run at acquiring closer Heath Bell.

But while talks have been significant, substantive, pick your word, the potential deal continued to just sit there Thursday while the Rangers balked at the Padres' asking price, sources with knowledge of the talks told CBSSports.com.

The Padres, according to sources, are asking a three-player return for Bell, a price Texas is not eager to pay. Whether Texas' pause could open the door for St. Louis, the Los Angeles Angels or another suitor to move in is unclear. The Rangers remain very interested in Bell, according to sources, and talks are said to be ongoing -- though, as of early afternoon Thursday in San Diego, they were not hot.

San Diego had a scout watching Texas pitching prospect Robbie Erlin at Double-A Frisco the other night. Erlin, Texas' third-round pick in the 2009 draft, is 5-2 with a 4.32 ERA in 10 starts this season, with 61 strikeouts in 66 2/3 innings.

The Rangers and Padres have had "good talks" over the past 24 hours, one source said, though Thursday's cooling is an indication that if there is to be a deal reached, it likely will not happen before Friday. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels is said to be traveling with the Rangers to Toronto for this weekend's series and further trade deadline discussions.

Texas has settled on bullpen help as its top priority, and manager Ron Washington lately has become disenchanted with closer Neftali Feliz, saying publicly the other day that he wants to see "a little more fire" from the closer.

"I just don't see the urgency," Washington said. "I'm not saying it's not there, but he's not exuding urgency."

Bell, tied for third in the NL with 29 saves and a three-time All-Star, is full of energy, and his presence -- or that of another reliever like him -- probably would jack up Feliz a little bit.

The Rangers are said to be honed in on Bell, and indications are that they do not believe the Padres are going to trade set-up man Mike Adams.

One Padres source said the other day that the club believes Bell would sign a discounted multi-year deal in San Diego as a free agent this winter and, as such, suggested the club could keep him this summer.

Still, it's hard to see the Padres not dealing him and getting something in return, even if talks between the closer and the team would lead toward belief that they could reunite this winter.

Padres GM Jed Hoyer was not available at Thursday afternoon's Arizona-San Diego game. But on Wednesday, he told AM1090, the Padres' flagship radio, "I think we should [trade]. We don't have the talent base here that we need two have in order to be successful."

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 11:27 am
Edited on: July 28, 2011 11:54 am

Weeks won't need surgery, out 3-6 weeks

Rickie Weeks

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Brewers second baseman will be out three to six weeks with a "severe ankle sprain," Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Although it's being called a sprain, Ash said there is more to the injury than a simple sprain.

"He has a number of issues in the ankle," Ash said. "I can't get into those things. There are so many moving parts in there. It's tough to put an exact timetable on it."

Weeks will not need surgery, Ash said.

The Brewers had already been talking to the Dodgers about infielder Jamey Carroll, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reported, but Weeks' injury could intensify those talks (as could the impending non-waiver trade deadline). Gurnick writes the team isn't looking to just dump Carroll's salary, but also insisting on a prospect or prospects in return -- even though the Brewers have no surplus of prospects.

Carroll is hitting .291/.362/.356 for the Dodgers this season, playing shortstop and second base. He has alos played third base and all three outfield spots in his career. He is making $1.8 million this season. 

Milwaukee called up infielder Eric Farris from Triple-A Nashville to take Weeks' spot on the roster. 

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 10:24 am
Edited on: July 28, 2011 12:31 pm

Indians deal for Cubs' Fukudome

Kosuke FukudomeBy Danny Knobler

The slumping Indians have acquired outfielder Kosuke Fukudome from the Cubs.

The 34-year-old Fukudome has been mostly a disappointment in his time with the Cubs, but he has a .374 on-base percentage this year, and is in the final year of his contract. The Indians will give up two low-level and low-value prospects in exchange (Abner Abreu and Carlton Smith), and the Cubs will pay most of the remaining money on Fukudome's contract.

In other words, this is the kind of low-risk acquisition that fits the surprising Indians the best.

The Indians were no-hit on Wednesday by the AngelsErvin Santana, and they've scored just seven runs in their last five games. They remain just one game behind the Tigers in the American League Central, despite going just 22-35 in their last 57 games.

The Indians are in a somewhat tricky situation. They want to show their players and fans (attendance has been up at Progressive Field) that they're trying to make the most of this surprising opportunity to win, but at the same time they need to preserve their best prospects in order to have an even better chance to win big in the years to come. So while the Indians showed interest in both Carlos Beltran and Ubaldo Jimenez, the two biggest names on the trade market, a deal for either one never seemed likely, and wouldn't have made much sense.

Fukudome costs much, much less in prospects, but could give the Indians at least an incremental boost.

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:35 am
Edited on: July 28, 2011 1:36 am

Nationals, Twins discuss Span, Storen

By Scott Miller

Looking to plug an organizational hole in center field, the Nationals have approached the Twins about a possible deal involving center fielder Denard Span, sources with knowledge of the talks confirmed to CBSSports.com Wednesday night.

The Twins want Nationals closer Drew Storen in return in a deal that could expand. The talks were first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.com.

Washington has been involved in multiple talks for a center fielder this week, including Tampa Bay's B.J. Upton and, before he was dealt to Toronto, St. Louis' Colby Rasmus. The Nationals currently are going with Roger Bernadina but really are not in love with any of their long-term candidates going forward.

Minnesota, according to one source, is not shopping Span but became interested when approached by the Nationals. The emergence of Ben Revere this season could make Span expendable.

Furthermore, the Twins, who Wednesday gained another game on Detroit with a win over Texas, now are six games back and continue to view the AL Central as a winnable division. They came into July intent on acquiring bullpen help and think they could accomplish that in a Span deal to Washington.

The Twins are looking at relief help not only this year, but for 2012. Both Joe Nathan and Matt Capps could become free agents this winter.

Minnesota holds a $12.5 million option for 2012 on Nathan, or a $2 million buyout. The Twins are not expected to pick up the option, though they could negotiate a new deal to bring Nathan back.

Meanwhile, Capps' contract is up after 2011 and he will be a free agent this winter.

Acquiring Storen not only would add late-innings depth during this summer's stretch run, it also could give the Twins a long-term solution at closer if Capps and Nathan both leave this winter.

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 12:14 am
Edited on: July 28, 2011 1:36 am

Span-Storen rumor highlights Wednesday buzz

By Evan Brunell

A possible trade between the Twins and Nationals has surfaced on the rumor mill in recent hours, with CBSSports.com's Scott Miller reporting that Washington is zeroing in on Denard Span to be its center fielder of the future, while the Twins target closer Drew Storen in a possible multi-player trade.

It's possible that shortstop Ian Desmond and catcher Wilson Ramos could be part of a deal, as they did not play on Wednesday, fueling speculation that the two could be part of a trade for Rays' center fielder B.J. Upton, who also rode the pine Wednesday.

Of course, the Twins have Joe Mauer at catcher, so it's doubtful they're looking to re-acquire Ramos even if they're regretting the deal that sent him to the Nats for Matt Capps last season, who recently lost his closer's job. But Desmond? The Twins do need infield help, but Alexi Casilla and Tsuyoshi Nishioka crowd the middle infield spots, while Danny Valencia is still starting regularly at third, even if he should hit the bench against right-handers. All this is probably more smoke than it is fire.

What clearly is something, though, is the Span-Storen deals. The Twins need to stabilize their bullpen, both for 2011 and in the future, and adding a young reliever like Storen would go a long way toward locking the ninth inning down for years. We'll find out by Sunday if there's any truth to these rumors.

Here are some other trade rumors to whet your appetite:
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Posted on: July 27, 2011 10:11 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2011 1:25 am

Brewers' Weeks leaves with ankle injury

WeeksBy Evan Brunell

Rickie Weeks left the Brewers game in the top of the second inning with an ankle injury, sending bolts of fear into the front office as to how they could possibly replace Weeks as he will hit the disabled list.

"You win a good game and you get bad news," manager Ron Roenike told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Losing Rickie really hurts. What we do offensively, he's a huge part of that."

As Tom Haudricourt of the reported on Twitter, Weeks hit a groundball and took off for first. He "stretched hard with his leg to hit the [first-base] bag before the throw got there and turned his ankle on the base and went tumbling."

Brewers owner Mark Attanasio would later report that MRIs were negative on Weeks, but the team is still looking for damage and have sent Weeks to a hospital over concern he strained a ligament.

"It's just one of those where you have to try to run through the bag, and he got on the unfortunate side," outfielder Nyjer Morgan told the Journal-Sentinel. "It's a tough injury for our team and hopefully we can get him back soon.

"You've just got to handle the adversity; that's all it is. We've got to come together, be a solid, cohesive unit and things should work out."

Already having to deal with no offense or defense out of third base and shortstop, losing Weeks loss opens up second as a position of need -- even if it's a minimum 15-day stay. These days, backup infielder Craig Counsell is a shadow of his former self, hitting .159/.254/.196 in what figures to be his final season. He's not an option.

Milwaukee should have already been on the hunt for someone who can improve the team at short and third, but the Brew Crew really needs to strike for someone who can play all over the infield. Jamey Carroll of the Dodgers makes sense, as he's been linked to many teams thanks to his versatility as well as .291/.363/.358 line in 340 plate appearances.

Of course, keep in mind that other teams will attempt to take advantage of Milwaukee's situation and ask for more in return to give up a middle infielder, which could handcuff GM Doug Melvin. Right now, the best thing for Milwaukee to do is invest in rosary beads and direct good thoughts to Weeks.

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