Zach Lee won’t be traded for a rental like Ryan Dempster

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The Dodgers top prospect, and the midseason #49 prospect (Baseball America) Zach Lee won't be traded for a rental according to Ken Rosenthal. Sources: #Dodgers pitching prospect Zach Lee will not be in a deal for a rental such as #Cubs' Dempster. Dodgers need offense more than SP. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 20, 2012

Red Sox interested in Matt Garza

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The Red Sox aren't interested in Ryan Dempster, but remain interested in Matt Garza.  The Red Sox maintain interest in Matt Garza, but they're officially out on Ryan Dempster, Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports (on Twitter). The Cubs are working to trade Dempster, the MLB leader in ERA. Stark's colleague, Buster Olney, reported today that the Red Sox are more …

10 teams have shown interest in Ryan Dempster

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Bruce Levine says 10 teams have shown interest in Ryan Dempster.   With a little more than two weeks until baseball's trade deadline, 10 teams have shown legitimate interest in acquiring Dempster's services for the remainder of the season, according to industry sources. Those clubs include the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers,New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox and Atlanta Braves. The Cubs have started, …

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Pirates fail to sign first round pick, Mark Appel

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The Pirates failed to reach an agreement with their first round pick today. Mark Appel was considered a possibility to be taken first overall, but instead dropped to 8th when the Pirates drafted him. Here is what Neal Huntington said about the Pirates decision. “Our final offer exceeded the available bonus pool money and was essentially up to the last …

BP’s Hitter and Pitcher Profiles

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Baseball Prospectus came out with hitter profiles last week and today they released their pitcher profiles. Here's Starlin Castro's swing rate in each location. Here's the whiff rate. Here's his tAV (true Average, kind of like wOBA, but scaled to batting average). 

Baseball America Mid-season Top 50

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Baseball America has released their mid-season top 50 prospects. The only Cub on the list is Javier Baez at 25.  Likely to be a 3B when he hits the big leagues, but his bat is potent enough to play anywhere  

Cubs Near Deal With SS Frandy De La Rosa

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The @Cubs near deal w/ SS Frandy De La Rosa (#10 on @MLB's Top 20 Int'l Prospects list) for $700K mlb.mlb.com/mlb/prospects/… mlb.mlb.com/news/article.j… — MLB Draft (@MLBDraft) July 2, 2012