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Wednesday, July 02, 2003
Busy White Sox acquire Everett from Rangers. "The White Sox will let the Rangers pick three minor leaguers from an eight-player pool, ESPN has learned. Chicago also will receive cash from Texas to offset part of Everett's $9.15 million contract." (

Aaron Gleeman on the Alomar deal and the Everett deal. (Aaron's Baseball Blog)

Daniel Stein on the Alomar deal. (The Dump's Sportslog)

Eric: "With the moves the White Sox have made this season, and the authority with which they have beeyotched the reigning 2002 title winners, there is absolutely no way the Twins are going to sleepwalk into another division title." (The Baseball Boys)

Prospectus Triple Play: Orioles, Rockies, Mets. "The [Alomar] move is important not for what it brings, but for what it symbolizes: the end of an era for the Mets. Look for Armando Benitez and any other expensive reliever Jim Duquette can trade to follow Alomar out of New York, followed by tough decisions on the free-agent class of 2003 (Cliff Floyd, Tom Glavine) and Mike Piazza)." (Baseball Prospectus)

Forget It, Jake. It's Dustytown. Christian Ruzich on the Bellhorn/Hernandez deal. (The Cub Reporter)

Marlins rough up Braves' Hampton in another rout. 20-1. (

Not on the market: Marlins keeping Lowell. "Florida's third baseman, who grew up in Miami, went to college there at Florida International and whose Cuban roots add to his local popularity, was told by team officials Tuesday that he will not be traded this season." (

Lima helps Royals return to first in AL Central. Lima time! (

Josh Schulz: "There are so many desperate plans running in the Cardinals organization right now I can't follow them all...But I can watch Bo Hart craft a Major League Career in front of my very eyes and understand that this is symbollically the Cardinals season. Can one player, against all odds, remain at the top of the game long enough?" (Go Cardinals)

Prospectus Triple Play: Red Sox, Reds, Padres. "The Red Sox lead the majors in runs per game, having scored 512 runs in 80 games through 6/29. At this rate, they are on pace to score 1036 runs, and would become just the second team since 1950 to score 1000 runs (besides the 1999 Indians). That would be the most runs scored since the 1936 Yankees, and the eighth-highest scoring team since 1900. Of course, the Bosox have the three-fold advantages of the designated hitter, the 162-game season, and a historically high run scoring environment to assist them. But it would still be an impressive accomplishment." (Baseball Prospectus)

Mashing in Beantown: How Good Has the Red Sox Offense Been in 2003? "As you can see, the team has been getting All-Star caliber offense from every position except center field. In fact, to decide who the Red Sox All-Stars should be you might as well just draw names from a hat." (Baseball Prospectus)

Derek Zumsteg: "I love new managers. Each one is a chance for a new approach to rotation and bullpen management, in-game strategy, and roster handling. This off-season, Bob Melvin was called the dark horse candidate by local media. To the surprise of many, he interviewed so well that the Mariners hired him over others who had more managerial experience. Since his hire, Melvin has the best record in baseball at 52-28. And yet...the dark horse has shown himself to be a dim bulb." (Baseball Prospectus)

Joe Morgan Chat Day Tripper, Yeah! (Mike's Baseball Rants)

NL finally grabs upper hand over AL. Clay Davenport and Nate Silver calculate that the NL is tougher this year, for the first time since 1990. (

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