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Cards, BoSox Swap Duncan, Lugo

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The Red Sox have sent Lugo and a PTBNL to the Cards in exchange for Chris Duncan. The Sox will be paying for Lugo's salary.

Padilla scratched, Nippert starting

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Vicente Padilla is the latest to be knocked out with "flu-like symptoms."

Should the Rangers then be sellers? There’s a case for it, perhaps shopping Kevin Millwood, Hank B...

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Should the Rangers then be sellers? There’s a case for it, perhaps shopping Kevin Millwood, Hank Blalock, C.J. Wilson, and others who would have value in the market and who have no role on the team going forward. Millwood, having his best season in years, would be one of the top pitchers on the market, and a number of teams could use a bat on the corners. However, and this is not a position I usually advocate, the Rangers don’t have to make that kind of trade. The prospects they could get for players such as Millwood and Blalock would be a drop in the bucket in their system, and the bad PR involved in trading away veterans during a successful season could be damaging. The Rangers are that rare team that should be neither a buyer nor a seller, simply riding it out with the roster they have, treating this as a bridge season between their building years and their extended run of success.

From Joe Sheehan's column today on whether the Rangers should be buyers or sellers. This echoes something I mentioned in the podcast earlier this week, and which you should download and listen to (if you haven't already).

Trade Untouchables

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From John Manuel at BA • Martin Perez, lhp, Rangers Texas is cash-strapped as well and probably can't take on salary, but it also has the deepest farm system in the game. Perez may have the highest ceiling of any Rangers pitcher as an 18-year-old Venezuelan southpaw mowing down hitters in low Class A. In one five-inning July start, Perez threw his fastball in the 90-94 mph range, struggling a bit with his command, but broke off several curveballs with excellent depth and a changeup that he throws with excellent hand speed. He has mound presence, competitiveness, above-average stuff and a solid delivery. In other words, he's exactly the kind of player other teams ask for in trade talks.

Are the Rangers Buyers, Sellers, or Neither?

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Joe Sheehan has some good stuff on the current state of the Rangers up on BP's site. The Rangers are a legitimate 51-41. They’ve outscored their opponents by 36 runs, and while their third-order record is a bit less impressive—48-44, the eighth-"best" mark in the AL—it’s close enough to their actual record. Adding Elvis Andrus to the mix has been a boon, and while his performance is slipping as we get deeper into the season, he has been a big reason why the Rangers’ Defensive Efficiency and PADE are both fourth in the game. (Chris Davis also showed considerable dexterity at first base while he was in the majors.) This was a different run-prevention team this year, and that trait should carry forward into future seasons; when the high-strikeout pitchers arrive, this will be a very difficult team to score upon

Profiling Tommy Hunter: A Pitch F/X Snapshot

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If you don't like Tommy Hunter yet, you should.

best and worst defenders from SI

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"A big deal was made out of the Rangers moving Young to third base the year after he won the Gold Glove at shortstop, but the Rangers had it right and the Gold Glove voters had it wrong. Young was below-average last year and has been among the worst defensive shortstops in the game over the past three years. This year, he's dead-last among third basemen in UZR while his replacement at shortstop, rookie Elvis Andrus, ranks as the best-fielding shortstop in the AL."