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Dodgers looking at Pirates’ Paul Maholm

07.20.10 at 3:05 pm ET
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Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Dodgers are eyeing Pirates starting pitcher Paul Maholm, according to an industry source outside the team.

The 28-year-old lefty has a 6-7 record and a 4.03 ERA in 19 games started this season for Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh, 32-60 this season, have gone beyond “prospect gathering” mode as of Monday, according to bleacherreport.com. General manager Neal Huntington said he would make a trade if a “good baseball trade” presents itself, even if he is unwilling to trade certain players.

MLBTradeRumors.com indicated the $8.36 million Maholm is guaranteed through 2011 is reason enough for the financially constrained Dodgers, who are 49-44 this season, to be interested in the southpaw.

In January 2009, Maholm signed a three-year, $14.5 million extension. He has just $1.86 million remaining this year, $5.75 million in 2011, and a $9.75 million club option for 2012 with a $750,000 buyout.

Tim Brown of Yahoo!Sports.com wrote that the Dodgers also are interested in Toronto relievers Scott Downs, Jason Frasor and Kevin Gregg.

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Oswalt staying put?

07.20.10 at 2:59 pm ET
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Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is reporting that the market for Roy Oswalt is “slow” according to a source and that there are multiple reasons as to why the Astros ace may not be dealt by July 31.

Rosenthal writes that though the Rangers were interested in Oswalt, they dropped out of the running when they landed Cliff Lee, and that the Mets and Phillies are two remaining possibilities. Should other teams emerge, however, Oswalt may only waive his no-trade clause to go to a National League team.

Teams looking for a cheap solution will likely stay out of the Oswalt sweepstakes, as he has $6 million due to him for the rest of the year and has a $16 million salary in the 2011 season. Rosenthal also writes that GM Ed Wade is “trying to hit a home run” regarding the package the team gets in exchange for the pitcher, making an Oswalt deal costly both financially and roster-wise for any team considering him.

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Knicks’ Stoudemire would have stayed in Phoenix

07.20.10 at 1:32 pm ET
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Knicks power forward Amar’e Stoudemire said recently that he would have stayed in Phoenix had the team offered him a five-year max contract.

“Definitely. If they had done that, I would have stayed,” Stoudemire said. ”They only gave me three years guaranteed.”

He is also making news on the USA Basketball front. Stoudemire could reportedly miss out on an opportunity to play with Team USA because of insurance issues.

He recently signed a five-year, $99.8 million contract with the Knicks, but questions loom as to whether it would be insured in order for him to play in FIBA competition. The 27-year-old had knee and eye surgeries while playing for the Suns.

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Blazers introduce Cho as new GM

07.20.10 at 12:30 pm ET
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Rich Cho, who spent the last nine seasons with the Supersonics/Thunder, will take over as the new general manager of the Trail Blazers. Cho was promoted to assistant general manager of the Sonics in 2000 after serving as director of basketball affairs.

Cho takes over for Kevin Pritchard, who took the reins as general manager in 2007 after three years with the team in other capacities. He was fired just before the 2010 draft.

During his tenure in Seattle and Oklahoma City, Cho worked with Microsoft to develop a well-respected player evaluation system. The 45-year-old will become the organization’s ninth general manager since its inception in 1970.

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Report: Yao could miss first two months

07.20.10 at 11:43 am ET
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Oft-injured Rockets center Yao Ming, who missed all of last season with a fractured left foot, reportedly could miss the first two months of the upcoming season.

Although initial reports stated he would be ready for the season opener, his rehabilitation from the injury could force him to wait longer than expected.

The 7-foot-6 center from China has averaged 19.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game in his career after being selected No. 1 overall in the 2002 draft.

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Former agent Babby to join Suns

07.20.10 at 11:42 am ET
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Washington-based attorney Lon Babby, who represents players such as Tim Duncan, Grant Hill, and Ray Allen, will replace Steve Kerr as head of basketball operations for the Suns.

Babby also has worked in Major League Baseball, where he worked as general counsel for the Orioles from 1974 to 1989. He also has represented recently acquired Suns players Hedo Turkoglu and Josh Childress.

The move comes after Kerr stepped down after a three-year stint with the team. Reports state that he left the team on good standing and chose to spend more time with his family.

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Report: Ravens safety Reed could miss six weeks

07.20.10 at 11:27 am ET
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Ravens Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed, who had 50 tackles and three interceptions last season, reportedly could miss the first six weeks of the regular season.

Reed had hip surgery in the offseason and is said to be only 35 percent recovered. The 31-year-old safety has three years left on his contract.

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Ex-BC star Smith re-signs with Clippers

07.20.10 at 11:10 am ET
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Free agent forward Craig Smith, a former Boston College star who grew up in Los Angeles, re-signed with the Clippers. It’s a one-year deal, according to his agent. Smith, acquired from the Timberwolves last July along with Sebastian Telfair and Mark Madsen in a trade for Quentin Richardson, averaged 7.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in 75 games last season. He became a fan favorite in his hometown with his physical play.

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Sox among those interested in Buck?

07.20.10 at 10:57 am ET
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According to Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun, the Red Sox were one of the teams represented at the Blue Jays-Royals game Monday night and surmises that at least part of the presence of Sox pro scout Steve Peck was because of Boston’s interest in catcher John Buck. The other organizations Elliott references as being in attendance were the Tigers, Yankees, and Phillies.

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Report: White Sox pushing hard for Nationals’ Dunn

07.20.10 at 10:49 am ET
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The White Sox, who are 2 1/2 games ahead of the Twins and Tigers in the AL Central, are looking to add a powerful bat to their lineup. Recent reports state they are willing to part with their top prospects, including pitcher Daniel Hudson and infielder Dayan Viciedo, to acquire outfielder Adam Dunn from the Nationals.

However, the Nationals reportedly have been pushing hard for infielder Gordon Beckham or outfielder Carlos Quentin, both of whom White Sox GM Kenny Williams has thus far been unwilling to part with.

Dunn, who is a free agent after the season, is hitting .286 with 22 home runs and 59 RBI. The 30-year-old signed a two-year, $20 million extension in 2009 with the Nationals.

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