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Sob story: Mets' deal for Carlos Gomez falls apart after issue with exam

usatoday.com — The New York Mets' meticulous rebuild made way for a win-now approach in stunning fashion Wednesday night, as the club agreed to trade injured pitcher Zack Wheeler and shortstop Wilmer Flores to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Gomez.

Tigers make David Price, Yoenis Cespedes available before MLB trade deadline next week: Source

thestar.com — It's going to be awfully painful, and the Detroit Tigers sure hate to do this, but for the good of the organization, they simply have no choice. The Tigers, barring a veto from owner Mike Ilitch, are going to surrender and be sellers within the next 10 days at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
Jul 21, 2015

RT @StarSports: Tigers make David Price, Yoenis Cespedes available before MLB trade deadline next week: Source on.thestar.com/1RNkpWt #baseball

Report: Notebook shows Pete Rose bet on Reds as player

usatoday.com — New documents reportedly obtained by ESPN's Outside the Lines indicate former Cincinnati Reds‬ great and hit king Pete Rose‬ bet extensively on baseball -- and on the Reds -- as a player in 1986. According to the report, new evidence includes the first written record that Rose bet while he was still a player.
Jun 22, 2015

Keep him out....New reports shows that Pete Rose bet on Reds as a player: usat.ly/1IuwLZc

Jun 22, 2015

Former Commissioner Fay Vincent on Pete Rose ever being elected to Hall of Fame: There's not a chance in the world." usat.ly/1LpPoDY

Jun 22, 2015

Report: Notebook shows Pete Rose bet on Reds as player usat.ly/1LpPoDY via @usatoday

Yer out! Three umpire bosses fired over blown 2009 playoffs calls

usatoday30.usatoday.com — By Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY Major League Baseball, angry over the abundance of blown umpiring calls in the 2009 postseason, has fired three of its seven ump supervisors. Marty Springstead, Rich Garcia and Jim McKean, each involved in umpiring for 40 or more years, were fired on Jan. 12.

Built for 2016, Chicago Cubs believing they can win now

indystar.com — ST. LOUIS -- Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein sits atop the visiting dugout bench at Busch Stadium, stares across the field and can't help but feel like a father watching his kids grow up before his eyes. This wasn't supposed to be happening. Certainly not now.

Rangers close to finalizing trade for Josh Hamilton

wfaa.com — The 2010 AL MVP who said Dallas/Fort Worth was 'not a baseball town' appears headed back to North Texas. The Rangers and Angels are close to agreeing on a deal that would bring troubled slugger Josh Hamilton back to Texas, according to multiple reports.

Cubs to call up top prospect Kris Bryant on Friday

indystar.com — Kris Bryant's long-anticipated debut for the Chicago Cubs is less than 24 hours away. Bryant, baseball's top prospect whose major league debut was delayed so the club could retain his rights another year, will be recalled Friday and will be in the lineup for the Cubs' game against the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation.

Kevin Towers lives with Dave Stewart, the man who replaced him

azcentral.com — SCOTTSDALE - It's potentially baseball's most awkward living arrangement, considering the circumstances. Dave Stewart, the Arizona Diamondbacks' new general manager, is living in a house in Scottsdale owned by the man he replaced on the job, Kevin Towers.
Mar 10, 2015

Kevin Towers lives with Dave Stewart, the man who replaced him azc.cc/1GnW27w via @azcentral

Cole Hamels: Trade me to a team that can win

courierpostonline.com — The words flow out of Cole Hamels' mouth without hesitation, equivocation, or the slightest tinge of remorse. He wants to be traded from the Philadelphia Phillies. This is not a threat. He is not demanding a trade. He's not about to insult the Phillies, or say anything derogatory that would alienate himself from the only team that's employed him.
Feb 18, 2015

RT @cpsj: "I just want to win, that's all. And I know it's not going to happen here." Hamels on wanting out #Phillies on.cpsj.com/1FuNsqO

Cole Hamels: Trade me to a team that can win

delawareonline.com — The words flow out of Cole Hamels' mouth without hesitation, equivocation, or the slightest tinge of remorse. He wants to be traded from the Phillies. This is not a threat. He is not demanding a trade. He's not about to insult the Phillies, or say anything derogatory that would alienate himself from the only team that's employed him.
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Jul 30, 2015

The failed physical it turns out belongs to #Brewers CF Gomez (hips) despite playing all but one game for last month, per @Ken_Rosenthal

Jul 29, 2015

The #Brewers rejected the #Mets trade because of concerns over Wheeler"s physical and still plan to trade Gomez by Friday.

Jul 29, 2015

Sandy Alderson, #Mets GM, to NY reporters on the Gomez trade: "The trade has not and will not happen."

Jul 29, 2015

Albert Pujols hits No. 30 for #Angels, and 1st in history to have 13 seasons of at least 30 HRs in 1st 15 seasons

Jul 29, 2015

The Houston #Astros had put together a strong package #Phillies Cole Hamels, but he exercised his no-trade rights, and ends up w #Rangers.

Jul 29, 2015

The #Phillies will receive Nick Williams, Jorge Alfaro, Jerad Eickoff and perhaps one more player, per @jonmorosi and @Sullivan_Ranger

Jul 29, 2015

Cole Hamels has yet to be notified, but the #Phillies have agreed to send Hamels to the #Rangers for at least four prospects.

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