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Report: Mets set to sign Cordero to ‘pen

07.21.10 at 1:52 pm ET
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According to an ESPN report, the Mets are close to a deal with reliever Chad Cordero. It would be a minor league deal for the veteran pitcher, who became a free agent when the Mariners announced plans to demote him to Triple-A.

Cordero, 28, was an All-Star closer for the Nationals in 2006 and totaled 113 saves from 2005-07, but he has struggled with injuries since. He had a 6.52 ERA in 9 2/3 innings with the Mariners this season.

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Reports: Hornets to hire Demps as GM

07.21.10 at 1:45 pm ET
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According to multiple reports, the Hornets are set to hire Dell Demps as their next general manager. Demps, currently the vice president of basketball operations for the Spurs, would replace Jeff Bower, who parted ways with New Orleans last week. The Suns also reportedly were eager to hire Demps, who had a brief NBA career in the mid-1990s.

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Report: Yankees interested in Indians’ Peralta

07.21.10 at 1:36 pm ET
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According to a tweet from Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Yankees are looking at the possibility of adding Indians infielder Jhonny Peralta or Marlins utility player Wes Helms to bolster their bench. The report notes that the price of acquiring utility players Jose Bautista (Blue Jays) or Ty Wigginton (Orioles) would be too high.

Read More: Jhonny Peralta, Trade deadline, Wes Helms,

Rumor: Mets turn attention to bullpen

07.21.10 at 12:32 pm ET
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According to a report on FoxSports.com, the Mets are not impressed with the trade market for starting pitching and instead are focusing on shoring up their bullpen, with Pirates closer Octavio Dotel and Blue Jays left-hander Scott Downs possibilities.

The report indicates the Mets still are interested in Cubs lefty Ted Lilly but aren’t as excited about righties Jake Westbrook (Indians), Ben Sheets (A’s) and Brett Myers (Astros).

Read More: Octavio Dotel, Scott Downs, Trade deadline,

Red Sox could be active in August

07.21.10 at 12:10 pm ET
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According to ESPN.com’s Buster Olney, there are thoughts throughout baseball that the Red Sox will be aggressive in claiming players off of waivers in August, when many teams are hesitant to add payroll. Olney also writes that some teams believe the Blue Jays are bluffing when asking for top prospects for the majors’ home run leader, Jose Bautista, who most likely will make a substantial amount of money in his final year of arbitration this offseason, potentially making it difficult for the Jays to keep the outfielder.

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Report: Angels looking at Cantu, LaRoche

07.21.10 at 10:58 am ET
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The Angels need help at first base, and according to a report by FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, the two big targets on their list are Jorge Cantu of the Marlins and Adam LaRoche of the Diamondbacks. Power hitters Adam Dunn and Prince Fielder also have come up as names, but their respective teams appear to be asking too much for the Angels to have any interest. Royals infielder Alberto Callaspo, he of the .309 on-base percentage, is also a name the Angels are pursuing. The Halos need help at first after Kendry Morales broke his leg celebrating a walk-off home run earlier in the season. Anaheim is looking for more of a temporary fix at the position until Morales returns next season.

Read More: adam laroche, Angels, Jorge Cantu, Trade deadline

Wednesday’s Morning Mashup

07.21.10 at 7:15 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WHAT’S HAPPENING TODAY:
MLB: Red Sox at Athletics, 3:35 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

♦ Dodgers coach Don Mattingly, filling in for ejected manager Joe Torre, made a rulebook mistake Tuesday night that cost his team in a 7-5 loss to the Giants. In the top of the ninth inning of a game Los Angeles was leading 5-4, with one out and the bases loaded, Mattingly went to the mound to talk to closer Jonathan Broxton and arrange his defense. Mattingly started to leave, but then turned around to respond to a question and stepped back on the dirt below the pitcher’s mound. That constitutes a second visit, requiring the pitcher to be removed. Tim Brown at Yahoo! Sports has the details and reaction. Here’s the video from MLB.com.

The New York Post has the story of Mets utility player (and former Red Sox super sub) Alex Cora admonishing a teammate for laughing with reporters after Tuesday night’s loss to the Diamondbacks.

Paul Sullivan in the Chicago Tribune has the story about Lou Piniella‘s decision to retire as manager of the Cubs.

♦ Former Cowboys and Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson will be a contestant on the CBS reality show “Survivor: Nicaragua,” according to ESPNDallas.com.

♦ On the heels of USC’s decision to replace athletic director Mike Garrett with Pat Haden and return Reggie Bush‘s Heisman Trophy, Bill Plaschke in The Los Angeles Times writes that Garrett was his own worst enemy.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 21, 1988, Red Sox manager Joe Morgan and slugger Jim Rice got into a heated dispute after Morgan replaced Rice with which pinch hitter in the eighth inning of a win over the Twins?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I didn’t see it. He saw something that nobody else in our dugout saw.” — Red Sox manager Terry Francona, on a 10th inning balk call by umpire Bob Davidson that put the winning run in scoring position

STAT OF THE DAY: 14 — The rank for managerial wins in major league history for Cubs mentor Lou Piniella, who announced he will retire at the end of the season

‘NET RESULTS: The Japanese team pulled off the hidden ball trick at the World Lacrosse Championships.

A reporter got a little too close to the skateboard action, and a kid paid the price.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Spike Owen, who was sent in to drop down a sacrifice bunt

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Yusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens, is 62 today.

Read More: Alex Cora, Don Mattingly, Jimmy Johnson, Lou Piniella

Phillies may be in play for in Oswalt

07.21.10 at 6:35 am ET
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According to a reports, the Phillies are working on a major deal to land a starting pitcher, and that pitcher might be Astros ace Roy Oswalt. Oswalt, who would have to approve the trade, reportedly would prefer to go to a team in the South or Midwest, but going to Philadelphia would give him a chance to win.

AOL FanHouse quoted a source as describing trade talks as “heavy.”

Oswalt is owed more than $7 million for the rest of this year and $16 million next season, and he has a $16 million option with a $2 million buyout for 2012, causing interest in him to be limited.

According to an ESPN report, the Phillies also reportedly are trying to move outfielder Jayson Werth, which would free up some money to pay someone such as Oswalt.

Read More: Roy Oswalt, Trade deadline,

Report: Harvard’s Lin agrees with Warriors

07.21.10 at 6:27 am ET
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Harvard product Jeremy Lin, who turned heads with his play at the Las Vegas Summer League this month, has agreed to a deal with the Warriors, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. Lin is expected to receive a multi-year deal, the report states, with a first-year salary of about $500,000. It would be a homecoming for Lin, who grew up in the Bay Area.

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Stark: Phillies ‘working’ on Werth deal

07.20.10 at 10:55 pm ET
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According to a tweet from Jayson Stark, the Phillies are working on a “major deal” for a starting pitcher and would move outfielder Jayson Werth in a companion trade.

Werth has been the subject of countless trade rumors over the last couple of months. Reports earlier in July suggested that the Red Sox might be a player for Werth, who is in the final year of a two-year, $10 million contract. He is hitting .280 with 13 HR and 50 RBI this season for the Phillies.

Read More: Jayson Werth, red sox, Trade deadline,