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Tigers traded prospects to the Mariners for Jarrod Washurn

Brewers traded a minor league catcher Vinny Rottino to the Dodgers for Claudio Vargas

12:08pm: Yahoo's Tim Brown said it was a done deal, with the Twins sending Tyler Ladenorf to Oakland for Cabrera, but then quickly told me it's not done yet. USA Today's Bob Nightengale, via Twitter, says it's done.

Cabrera, 34, is hitting .280/.318/.365 on the season in 448 plate appearances. He has $1.75MM remaining on his contract, once you factor in a $250K bonus for being dealt. Though he profiles as a Type A free agent after the season, Cabrera's agent wisely negotiated a clause disallowing his club to offer arbitration. So, no draft picks for the team for the loss and no impediment to signing Cabrera from the player's point of view.

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Red Sox To Acquire Victor Martinez

By Tim Dierkes [July 31 at 1:27pm CST]

1:27pm: FOX now says Clay Buchholz and Daniel Bard are not in this deal.

12:55pm: USA Today's Bob Nightengale via Twitter: the Red Sox are about to acquire first baseman/catcher Victor Martinez from the Indians. Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse, trying to confirm, says it "looks good." FOX Sports agrees, and notes a lack of a third team involved. They also believe this kills the Adrian Gonzalez talks.

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Braves Interested In Adam LaRoche

By Tim Dierkes [July 31 at 1:59pm CST]

First baseman Adam LaRoche becomes expendable for Boston if they complete the Victor Martinez trade; Jon Heyman of SI tells us via Twitter that the Braves are interested. LaRoche came up with the Braves; they traded him to Pittsburgh for Mike Gonzalez and Brent Lillibridge in '07.

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Braves Interested In Adam LaRoche

By Tim Dierkes [July 31 at 1:59pm CST]

First baseman Adam LaRoche becomes expendable for Boston if they complete the Victor Martinez trade; Jon Heyman of SI tells us via Twitter that the Braves are interested. LaRoche came up with the Braves; they traded him to Pittsburgh for Mike Gonzalez and Brent Lillibridge in '07.

I was pining for LaRoche before he went to the Sox, so I'm glad to hear this.

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what DOB says:

David O'Brien

July 31st, 2009

3:20 pm

While LaRoche does have a career OPS about 90 points higher against righties than Kotchman, it’s only slightly better than Kotchman’s this season.

And in terms of overall OPS, they are almost identical this season, LaRoche at .768 and Kotchman at .763. Laroche has twice as many homers (13) as Kotchman (6), but RBIs are almost identical (43-41) and Kotchman’s hit for a 44-point higher average for the season, .282 to .248.

And Kotchman’s hit almost 100 points higher with RISP, .313 to .218.

As a pinch-hitter, LaRoche is 12-for-55 (.218) with one homer and a .550 OPS in his career.

That said, LaRoche is a lot better than Norton, in any role. And Kotchman has had some injuries and/or sickness. Be nice not having to move Prado to 1B if Kotchman misses a few games.

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