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Rockets ink Miller to three-year deal

07.17.10 at 5:45 pm ET
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ESPN has reported that Brad Miller has officially agreed to a three-year deal worth $15 million with the Rockets. Miller was targeted by the Celtics, Hawks, Heat and Bulls this offseason.

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Wood trade talk slowed by trip to DL

07.17.10 at 11:28 am ET
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Cleveland reliever Kerry Wood has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 12, because of a blister on his right index finger. Wood, who is 1-4 with a 6.30 ERA in 23 appearances and has converted eight saves in 11 opportunities, has now been on the DL twice this season.

When appearing on “The Big Show” Friday Peter Gammons said the Red Sox didn’t have interest in Wood after there was initially some speculation that the Sox would be targeting the closer as a potential trade deadline acquisition.

“I mentioned him but I was told that the Red Sox have no interest in him because of his contract and his unpredictability,” Gammons said. “He’ll get traded because it’s hard not to take a shot with that stuff. He’s still throwing 97-98, he doesn’t have great results but he’s still throwing very hard. I think one issue you want to think about is with Kerry’s presence and ego, will he pitch in the seventh inning and how is he going to react? I think someone will take him. I don’t know if the Dodgers will give up prospects … but I think that might be a possibility. I think the Cardinals are definitely a possibility.”

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Colts, Manning still talking

07.17.10 at 11:17 am ET
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According to the Indianapolis Star, negotiations between the Colts and Peyton Manning — whose contract expires after the 2010 season — are on going, although, according to Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay, “There is nothing to report right now.”

“We’re working through the timing,” Irsay told The Star. “It’s not only keeping Peyton going forward, but being able to surround him with the right people. We need both.”

Colts president Bill Polian told WEEI.com last month that negotiations with Manning were being made difficult because of the collective bargaining agreement negotiations.

“We can’t get into the nitty-gritty because we don’t know what the rules will be.,” he said. “And that will clarify itself as the year goes on because there will be talks, people will understand what’s on the table and what’s not on the table,” Polian said. “It’s not like you’re going to get a deal in October, I don’t think. If that happens it would be great. But at least you can get a feel for the way things are going.”

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Report: No talks between Padres, Gonzalez

07.16.10 at 10:18 pm ET
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According to Dan Hayes of the North County (CA) Times, the San Diego Padres and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez have not had contract talks regarding an extension. Hayes Tweets that Gonzalez said at the All-Star Game that he is looking for an eight-year deal. The Padres have a club option on Gonzalez for $5.5 million next season.

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Rangers still interested in Lowell

07.16.10 at 9:09 pm ET
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According to major league source familiar with the situation, the Texas Rangers continue to monitor the status of Mike Lowell,who is currently on the 15-day disabled list with soreness in his surgically repaired right hip. The source suggests the Rangers may have increased interest in making a deal for Lowell depending on how the market unfolds as the trade deadline draws closer.

The Red Sox and Rangers had agreed to a trade for Lowell — along with $9 million of the $12 million owned the infielder this season — in December before Texas backed out of the deal because of concerns regarding the infielder’s hip.

The Rangers have continued to talk with the Red Sox about Lowell throughout the season. With rookie first baseman Chris Davis hitting just .203 (after going 0-for-3 with a walk Thursday night), and Texas having to include first base prospect Justin Smoak in the Cliff Lee trade, there remains a potential need at first for Texas. The source reports the Rangers will continue to explore other trade options before accelerating negotiations for Lowell.

Lowell was out on the Fenway Park field and, according to Red Sox manager Terry Francona, “took some ground balls, [hit] some balls off the tee and in the cage. He actually felt pretty good. We’re going to start ramping him back up, too.”

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Yanks eyeing Soria, Dunn?

07.16.10 at 4:20 pm ET
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According to a tweet from Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com, the Yankees “would love to have” Royals closer Joakim Soria and Nationals slugger Adam Dunn. Rosenthal writes that the Nationals’ price tag for a Dunn deal would be “exorbitant” and that the Royals would need to be “overwhelmed” with an offer in order to trade Soria.

Soria has a very team-friendly contract and is just 26 years old. He makes $4 million this season, $6 million next season and his deal calls for club options in 2012, 2013, and 2014. He has a 2.31 earned run average with 25 saves and 43 strikeouts in 35 appearances this season.

Dunn is hitting a career-high .288 with a .372 on-base percentage and a career-high .960 OPS. He’s hit 22 homers and drove in 59 runs this season.

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Report: Brewer passed on C’s

07.16.10 at 3:07 pm ET
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According to a tweet from Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, free agent shooting guard Ronnie Brewer turned down an offer from the Celtics so he would have the opportunity to start in Chicago. Brewer took a three-year, $12.5 million deal with the Bulls.

“I got an opportunity to start (in Chicago). Both (Chicago and Boston) are storied programs,” Brewer told Spears. It came down to where I could excel more.”

The 14th overall pick in the 2006 draft, Brewer spent his first four-plus years with the Jazz before being sent to the Grizzlies at the trade deadline last season. He has averaged 10.3 points and 1.8 assists, and 2.9 rebounds per game over his five-year career.

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Blues extend Hensick

07.16.10 at 2:09 pm ET
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Executive vice president and general manager Doug Armstrong announced Friday that the Blues have signed forward T.J. Hensick to a one-year extension.

St. Louis acquired Hensick for Julian Talbot on June 17, 2010, from the Avalanche, who orignially drafted him in the third round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Hensick scored a goal and had two assists last season in seven games with Colorado. He also played 58 games in the American Hockey League for Lake Erie, totaling 70 points on 50 assists and 20 goals.

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Oilers ink Stewart to one-year deal

07.16.10 at 1:49 pm ET
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The Oilers have agreed with free agent left-winger Gregory Stewart on a one-year contract, general manager Steve Tambellini announced Friday.

Last season, Stewart played 45 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs in the American Hockey League and collected 10 points (5 goals, 5 assists) and 90 penalty minutes.

Stewart was drafted in the eighth round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Canadiens and has played in 26 NHL games. He’s recorded one assist and 48 penalty minutes for his career.

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Redick will stay in Orlando

07.16.10 at 11:52 am ET
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The Bulls have been doing their best to improve their roster, having signed Carlos Boozer and Kyle Korver to free agent contracts. Their next move was to go after sharpshooter J.J. Redick, but the Magic have decided to keep the 26-year-old shooting guard.

The Bulls offered Redick a three-year, $19 million offer sheet, but the Magic matched it Friday.

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