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For Red Sox, Qualls not worth the investment

07.31.10 at 10:41 am ET
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According to a major league source it is looking like there will be a few more relievers moved prior to Saturday’s 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline, one which the Red Sox weren’t willing to bite on was Arizona righty Chad Qualls.

The Rays secured the services of Qualls Saturday for a player to be named later, taking on what was left of the 31-year-old’s contract (which comes out to approximately $1.6 million this season). For the Red Sox, paying that kind of price for a pitcher who hadn’t produced this season simply wasn’t worth it. According to a source, the Sox showed some interest in Qualls, but considering the pitcher is carrying an 8.51 ERA along with the somewhat hefty price tag, Boston didn’t deem it worth trying to trump Tampa Bay’s offer

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Report: Rays to acquire Qualls

07.31.10 at 7:29 am ET
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According to MLB.com, the Rays are on the verge of completing a trade for relief pitcher Chad Qualls. The deal would send Arizona a player to be named later. Qualls, who had reportedly drawn some interest from the Red Sox, is 1-4 with a 8.51 ERA after starting the year at the Diamondbacks’ closer. The 31-year-old right-handed pitcher has about $1.6 million owed him for the remainder of this season, and will be eligible to become a free agent after this year.

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Kearns headed to Yankees

07.30.10 at 9:41 pm ET
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According to multiple reports, Cleveland outfielder Austin Kearns has been traded to the Yankees for a player to named later. Kearns was hitting .268 with eight homers for the Indians and a .351 on-base percentage. The right-handed hitting Kearns figures to get time against left-handed pitching with Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson hitting just .214 vs lefties. Kearns is currently playing on a one-year deal worth $750,00.

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Braves interested in Ellsbury?

07.30.10 at 9:10 pm ET
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According to a report in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Braves may be interested in Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Writes AJC Braves beat writer David O’Brien:

The most recent name connected, however tenuously, to the Braves is an interesting one: Boston center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Red Sox have made it known he could be available, and if the Braves can swing that without giving up much, I’d do it, but only if he’s healthy. Problem is, he’’s been on the DL most of the season with a rib injury and only starting playing again in the minors last week, so I really don’t know if there’s much of anything to that rumor.

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Report: Toronto happy to hold on to Downs

07.30.10 at 8:48 pm ET
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According to  Tweet from USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the Blue Jays have told teams that they are prepared to hold on to Scott Downs and collect the two draft picks he would yield if the lefty signs with another team if the Jays’ asking price is not met. Downs projects to be a Type A free agent this offseason.

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Red Sox ask about Edmonds, like Ross

07.30.10 at 6:23 pm ET
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According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, the Red Sox asked the Brewers about 40-year-old outfielder Jim Edmonds. Brewers general manager Doug Melvin reportedly win run each trade by Edmonds before potentially moving him to a contender.

Edmonds is hitting .289 with a.353. on-base percentage and a slugging percentage of .513 this season. He’s hit eight homers. Joe Frisario of MLB.com also notes that the Red Sox have interest in Cody Ross. The outfielder may or may not be available as reports early Friday afternoon indicated the Marlins were inclined to keep him.

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Yankees get Berkman

07.30.10 at 5:05 pm ET
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The Yankees added a bat Friday in Astros slugger Lance BerkmanJoel Sherman of the New York Post initially had the story that the the Yankees are closing in on a deal, saying a trade was “on [the] verge of completion.” Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News later added that a deal was “imminent.”

Buster Olney of ESPN reports the Yankees will not give up significant prospects in the deal.

Berkman is hitting just .245 with 13 homers and 49 RBI but has a .372 on-base percentage. He has insisted that any team that trades for him not pick up his 2011 option.

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Report: Hawpe likely to stay put in Colorado

07.30.10 at 3:02 pm ET
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Although recent reports have stated that teams including the White Sox and Tigers are interested in Rockies right fielder Brad Hawpe, a recent tweet from Denver Post writer Troy Renck refutes those claims.

According to Renck, a Hawpe deal to either team is “doubtful right now.” Apparently, there is a concern about his defense, although he noted the 31-year-old can “carry” a team when he is hot offensively. His numbers so far this year are a mediocre .262 batting average with seven home runs and 35 RBI.

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Dunn dealing: Yanks reportedly out, no deal for ChiSox’ Jackson

07.30.10 at 2:07 pm ET
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According to a tweet from Yankees beat writer Bob Klapisch, the Yankees are “definitely out” of the running for Nationals slugger Adam Dunn. Meanwhile, ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian reported that the Nationals told him that they will not trade Dunn to the White Sox for newly acquired pitcher Edwin Jackson, formerly of the Diamondbacks.

The Yankees, Rays and White Sox have been rumored to have interest in Dunn, who is hitting .275 with 23 homers, 63 RBI, and a .362 on-base percentage. He is set to become a free agent following the season.

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Yanks reportedly show interest in Cubs’ Lilly

07.30.10 at 1:59 pm ET
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According to an ESPN report, the Yankees have shown interest in Cubs left-hander Ted Lilly. Lilly, who pitched for the Yankees from 2000 through part of the 2002 season, has $4.3 million left on his contract, and the Cubs reportedly want the acquiring team to pay it all. The Dodgers still are thought to be the front-runners, but finances could be an issue.

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