Here's a rundown of MLBTR's original content from this past week....
- This week, MLBTR was the first to learn that the Orioles claimed pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes after he was DFA'd by Toronto. We were also the first to report the O's release of Justin Duchscherer.
- Ben Nicholson-Smith took a look at Jimmy Rollins' impending free agency and gauged the market for reliever Matt Capps.
- I looked back at the July deals made in the American League (East, Central, West) and the National League (East, Central, West)
- Even though the trade deadline has passed, there's still the potential for more significant trades in the month of August. Tim Dierkes gave us his August trade candidates by team.
- Nippon-Ham Fighters ace Yu Darvish is represented by Arn Tellem of Wasserman Media Group as well as Don Nomura, MLBTR confirmed.
- Mike Axisa gave us an update on players with 2012 vesting options. Bobby Abreu recently got his $9MM option vested for next season.
- The 40/60/80 arbitration rule doesn't work to the extent that some suggest it does, writes Ben Nicholson-Smith.
- We released an update on the Elias Rankings and outlined the free agents who switched leagues.
- We had a lot of great content in this week's edition of Baseball Blogs Weigh In. If you have a suggestion for BBWI, you can reach Mike Axisa at this email address.
- It came as a surprise to many of us when the Padres didn't trade Heath Bell at the trade deadline. This week, 44% of our readers said that the Friars should now sign the closer to a two or three year extension this offseason. For more on Bell, check out Dan Mennella's recent post on him over at CloserNews.com.
- MLBTR was the first to learn that right-hander Willie Eyre opted for free agency this week.
- Last offseason, six prominent Rays relievers hit free agency and signed elsewhere for a total of $67.65MM. How are they faring in 2011? We also checked in on this year's Rule 5 picks.
- Did you miss our weekly chat? Don't fret, you can check out the transcript right here.
- This year there have been four converted relievers have who started extensively in 2011 and Ben Nicholson-Smith gave us an update on how they're doing so far.
- The recently-launched CloserNews.com is looking for writers.
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