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Fox’s Ken Rosenthal — who either (a) spends 22 hours a day on the phone; or (b) just makes stuff up all of the time, has a rundown today of the potential buyers and sellers at the deadline.
In the former category he places the White Sox, Astros, and the
Marlins. In the latter he has the Indians, Rockies and Mariners. Among
the player-specific tidbits are the Cardinals being interested in Mark
DeRosa, the Rockies shopping Jason Marquis and Huston Street, and the
Marlins considering dealing Jorge Cantu, Dan Uggla and Jeremy Hermida
if and when they fall out of contention.

Rosenthal says that Street could foment a feeding frenzy. He rated
Matt Holliday last year, so God knows what the Rockies could get for
him now. Likewise, if history holds, I would expect someone to overpay
for Jason Marquis, because this is the time of year when people get a
little crazy and focus on the most recent couple of months while
forgetting everything a player did in the past. Rosenthal doesn’t
mention it, but there are rumors that Colorado wants to deal Brad Hawpe
too. If all of that is true, there is a chance that the Rockies could
come away from the deadline is the biggest winner of all. That is if
Dan O’Dowd doesn’t screw things up. Again.

All in all, nothing too sexy here, but hey, the crazy season is still young.

The Rangers release Josh Hamilton

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 4: Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers reacts after scoring a run on a Elvis Andrus RBI double during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Globe Life Park on October 4, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. Texas won 9-2 and won the AL West Title. (Photo by Brandon Wade/Getty Images)
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Welp, it was probably worth the gamble given that the Angels were paying most of his salary. But the Rangers’ gamble on Josh Hamilton failed and now Josh Hamilton is a free agent. The club has given him unconditional release waivers.

Hamilton underwent surgery to repair lateral and meniscus cartilage in his left knee back in June. During surgery it was discovered that he had an ACL injury as well, which required reconstruction. This whole season was lost and, while Hamilton has one year remaining on his contract, the Rangers are clearly able to compete without him and could use the roster spot over the small chance that he could be an everyday player again.

Hamilton will earn $30 million next season, $26.41 million of which is being paid for by the Angels. Last year in 182 plate appearances with the Rangers, Hamilton hit .253/.291/.441 with eight home runs and 25 RBI. At age 35, it’s not hard to imagine that his major league career is effectively over.

 

The Yankees offer to pay for Doc Gooden’s rehab

FLUSHING, NY - UNDATED:  Dwight Gooden #16 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch during a game at Shea Stadium circa 1984-1994 in Flushing, New York.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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With the continuing caveat that it is really weird and likely as uncomfortable as hell for all of those involved for this to be playing out so publicly, here is the latest news on the Doc Gooden/Daryl Strawberry/possible cocaine relapse story. From the Daily News:

Dwight (Doc) Gooden is insisting publicly that he doesn’t have a drug problem, yet more and more people want to help him — none more significant than the Yankees, who have reached out to say they’ll pay for any treatment he would consider getting.

That’s admirable of the Yankees, as is their refusal to comment on it further (the Daily News got this info from Strawberry). The Yankees, of course, gave both Strawberry and Gooden second chances in the 1990s when their addiction problems threatened their careers.