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Vasquez, 19, has spent the 2013 season at Class A West Michigan where he has hit .281 (105-for-374) with 16 doubles, five triples, five homers and 39 RBIs in 96 games. He is currently ranked by MLB.com as the Tigers’ No. 4 prospect and will report to Class A Quad Cities.
“There was some significant interest in Veras,” Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said. “Obviously, he’s been successful in the bullpen and we’re going to miss him. Really, I felt like this was an opportunity to improve our organization as a whole for a player who can help a playoff-contending team.
“I really like the player we got back. I’ve been following him since he was an international free agent, and he’s at the A ball level and you plug him into Quad Cities with [Rio] Ruiz, [Carlos] Correa and the pitchers there, it’s a pretty formidable group there and pretty exciting. He’s young and has a tremendous upside. He has the potential to be hit in the middle of the lineup.”
 2nd in the east isn't exactly competing for a wild card spot
Barring truly odd finishes, it looks like the NL playoffs will line up:
I think the DBacks are a bad team, but they're only 2.5 back of the Dodgers and 4.5 back of the Reds. It wouldn't be that odd for them to overtake one of them.
The White Sox are close to trading reliever Jesse Crain in a complicated deal involving the Rays and a third team, reports Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.
Cory Rasmus is the walking definition of "meh" but the Angels have more need of "meh" with the upside of a functional middle reliever one day than the last two months of 37 year old Scott Downs
Konerko was asked if the upcoming trade deadline has been taking a toll on the clubhouse.
“Not really,” Konerko said. “I mean, we were [expletive] before the rumors."
Veras will be a set-up man for the time being.
So much for my theories, the Rays really are going after Crain for themselves. Acquiring a potentially valuable asset when circumstances result in a cheap price is certainly typical for them too but it still surprises me, there's lots of uncertainty surrounding Crain and I would have expected them to be looking at more reliable solutions if they wanted a new reliever.
Beachy so far 1.1ip, 2r, HR, 2B. Yikes.
Though we just call him Joey Terds.
Mets guys usually pretty clearly admit it when a blown call helps them out, or when they think a close call against them is the correct one.
Cardinals don't need a ####### spark.
Reed Johnson pulled a hammy running to 1B last night.
I had assumed the Mets guys would be on that list. I'm just curious if it's a short list or a majority list.
I find most announcers are pretty even-handed
It's a pretty short list. The Nats' radio guys (Charlie Slowes and Dave Jaegler) are IMO pretty good about this as well. They are very much unafraid to mention when an umpire has a ridiculous strike zone (though they do it in a non-whiny, non-Hawk Harrelson way), but they always point out when the Nats benefit from it as well. It's one of the many things I like about them: they're 'homers' but they're honest ones.
My nose itched. Did someone need some cursing done?
Preferably on some ###### up infield fly call or something.
Oh please, the umps would never mess up such a basic call in a key game.
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