The Los Angeles Dodgers didn’t make any earth shattering deals, but did get slugger Jim Thome from the White Sox and Jon Garland from the Diamondbacks for the low price of a player to be named later. Thome is expected to come off the bench as a left-handed power hitter, and Garland is a fourth or fifth starter and long relief insurance in the playoffs. For Thome, the White Sox get minor leaguer Justin Fuller – who, to be honest, doesn’t look like much of a prospect. He’s a scrappy infielder type, but not an impact player. From a contract standpoint, Thome is a free agent at the end of the year, while Garland has an option for 2010. Unless he finishes strong, he’ll likely get the buyout from LA. [FoxSports]
Another White Sox player on the move was 52-year-0ld Jose Contreras, who joins the Rockies. In exchange for Contreras, the Sox get Brandon Hynick – who might actually be a decent prospect. He has a history of success, has command of the strike zone, but isn’t a huge strikeout guy. At best, he’s Jon Garland – who used to pitch for the Sox. Contreras looks done to me, but he might do well for a month facing guys who haven’t seen him before. [SI/FoxSports]
Brad Penny found a new home in San Francisco, where he can compete for that fifth starter role. [FoxSports]
A couple of guys who DIDN’T move? Rich Harden and Aaron Heilman of the Cubs. Some reports say a deal couldn’t be reached, but Ken Rosenthal suggests that the Cubs didn’t want to give up the race. [FoxSports]
Continued numbness in his arm forced the Rangers to shut down the rehab of Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Surgery might be next. [SI]
Meanwhile, Brandon Phillips is playing through an injury – a broken left wrist. Phillips played through a broken thumb earlier in the year, and now doesn’t want to quit for a hairline fracture in his wrist. Phillips says he doesn’t like not playing, wants revenge against the guy who hit him with a pitch (Washington’s J.D. Martin, back on August 15th) – but by hitting homers. [MLB]
Mets centerfielder Carlos Beltran begins a minor league rehab assignment, as he has been cleared to play without his knee brace. [SI]
Buster Olney puts his Cy Young vote in – and picks Zack Greinke. [ESPN]
Keith Law says that the Angels didn’t get an ace in Scott Kazmir, and that the three prospects received in return will be a much better deal for Tampa. [ESPN]
Get Ready for September Call Ups!
Hurry Back! Guillermo Mota (LA) goes on the DL with an ingrown toenail. That’s what it says! Laynce Nix (CIN) heads to the DL with a bulging cervical disc.
Welcome Back! Other than the call ups, Johnny Cueto came off the DL for Cincinnati.