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Report: Phillies ‘determined’ to land Oswalt or Haren

07.24.10 at 9:51 pm ET
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Ed Price of fanhouse.com is reporting that the Phillies are determined to acquire either Roy Oswalt or Dan Haren.

The report — citing an official of an American League team– suggests that a third team would be involved in any deal, and that Jayson Werth would likely be moved.

The Phillies were one of four teams scouting Oswalt’s start vs. the Reds on Saturday, along with the Yankees, Cardinals and Dodgers.

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Leyland denies Tigers trade rumors

07.24.10 at 9:33 pm ET
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Despite rumors swirling that Mike Lowell is headed to Detroit to fill in for Brandon Inge, or that Cubs’ lefty Ted Lilly may be added to the Tigers’ righty-dominant rotation, Tigers manager Jim Leyland says otherwise, MLB.com reports.

Leyland reportedly said Saturday, “I’ve not had any discussion about any one of those players with anyone that is important. [Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski] does that stuff. I’m sure Dave would make me aware. To my knowledge, I’ve heard a couple players a couple weeks ago, but I haven’t heard any since. But it wasn’t those two.”

Leyland said, however, that it would be no surprise if Detroit made a trade by the deadline, if it will make a major difference on the roster.

“My personal opinion, and I do not speak for Dave, I speak for myself, is that if you can get somebody that is going to make a significant difference, then I would try to make the trade,” Leyland said. “If it’s somebody that’s going to make you an eyelash better, I wouldn’t give up good players to do that.”

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Report: Bulluck signs with Giants

07.24.10 at 9:32 pm ET
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Titans outside linebacker and free agent Keith Bulluck has agreed to terms with the Giants, SportsIllustrated.com reports.

The 33-year-old has spent all ten years of his NFL career so far with Tennessee, after coming out of Syracuse in 2000 as a first-round draft pick. Last year he was second on the team with 108 tackles in 14 games, but is recovering from a tear in his left anterior cruciate ligament that occurred in December.

Bulluck’s agent Gary Wichard said the Giants and Bulluck came to an agreement Saturday, which is reportedly a one year, $2.5 million deal.

Bulluck is slated to replace Giants’ middle linebacker Antonio Pierce, who was released last season.

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Rumor: James advises Paul to stay West

07.24.10 at 9:28 pm ET
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According to a tweet by Cavs beat writer Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, LeBron James is advising Chris Paul to seek a trade, but to stay in the Western Conference to keep it competitive.

Paul has two years before he becomes a free agent but has put a plan in motion to force a trade out of New Orleans for the 2010-11 season. He is rumored to be favoring Eastern Conference contenders the Magic and Knicks as future places to play. Paul, also interested in playing for the Lakers in the West, plans to meet with New Orleans executives Monday to discuss his future with the team.

James endorsed Paul’s decision to be traded when he tweeted Thursday, “Best of luck to my brother @oneandonlycp3. Do what’s best for You and your family.”

Yahoo! reported earlier this month that a source familiar with the deal said Paul joined forces with James’ marketing company, LRMR.

Howard Beck with the New York Times, however, said Paul has not yet made the official decision to join the Cleveland-based firm founded by James and friend Maverick Carter.

Paul ended his relationship with his former agency, Octagon, earlier this month and hired Leon Rose, an agent with C.A.A. Rose, who is close to William Wesley, an NBA confidant to several players, including James.

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Report: Yankees not close on Haren deal

07.24.10 at 7:57 pm ET
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According to a report by Jayson Stark on ESPN.com, the Yankees and Diamondbacks were “never close” to a deal that would have sent right-hander Dan Haren to New York.

A source told Stark that the two teams did swap names on Friday, but the Yankees turned down a proposal that included Joba Chamberlain and top pitching prospect Ivan Nova.

The report also suggests that another roadblock in the deal is how much of the remaining $33 million would be paid by Arizona. The Diamondbacks first offer would have required the Yankees to take on the entirety of the contract.

Haren is 7-8 with a 4.60 ERA for Arizona this season.

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Report: Rams aggressively pursuing WR Owens

07.24.10 at 6:09 pm ET
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The Rams and free agent wide receiver Terrell Owens have stepped up their discussions, according to ESPN, and the outlet quotes one source as saying St. Louis has gotten very aggressive in their pursuit of the wide receiver. It’s also believed that the Bengals could be in the mix for Owens, who played one season with the Bills last year before hitting the open market.

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Sox inquiring about Marlins’ Nunez?

07.24.10 at 5:54 pm ET
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According to MLB.com, the Red Sox are one of several teams that have inquired about Florida reliever Leo Nunez. The 26-year-old righty, who has posted a 2.66 ERA with 23 saves this season, has also apparently drawn the interest of the Giants and Tigers. However, the Marlins have told clubs that Nunez isn’t available, at least at this point, but if they fall out of the race by July 31, that may change. (As of Saturday afternoon, Florida is eight games out in the division race, and 5.5 in the NL wild card standings.)

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Cubs not likely to deal Lilly soon, says team

07.24.10 at 4:33 pm ET
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The Cubs are not likely to move veteran lefty Ted Lilly before the trade deadline, according to MLB.com. Lilly (3-8, 3.88 ERA) is in the final year of his contract with Chicago. and has a partial no-trade clause. He leads the Major Leagues in least amount of run support, and is 0-2 in four July starts with a 6.57 ERA.

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Yankees not in on Oswalt

07.24.10 at 4:03 pm ET
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Though all indications have the Yankees making a push for Diamondbacks starter Dan Haren, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports says they are not interested in this July’s other popular starter in Roy Oswalt.

Comcast Sportsnet in Philadelphia is reporting the Phillies are among over a dozen clubs scouting Oswalt on Saturday.

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Arizona appears determined to unload Haren

07.24.10 at 1:36 pm ET
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The Dan Haren Sweepstakes are in full swing, as several reports indicate that the Diamondbacks are set on moving the right-hander before next week’s trade deadline. Arizona CEO Derrick Hall wouldn’t say there’s a current front-runner to land the 29-year-old, but it’s been reported that the Yankees, Twins, Tigers, Phillies, and Cardinals are all in the mix.

While New York has shown interest in Haren, there continue to be differing accounts as to what they would offer for them, with several reports saying that the Yankees would not try and land Haren at all costs. ESPN’s Buster Olney suggests New York doesn’t value Haren as highly as it did Cliff Lee, while SI.com’s Jon Heyman tweeted the Yankees are willing to surrender pitching prospects Ivan Nova and Zach McAllister and two other prospects for Haren, but they will not eat Haren’s contract and include Joba Chamberlain, the latter a point echoed by Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record.

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