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According to a transcript unearthed by Adam, Theo Epstein almost derailed the Dodgers-Red Sox mega-trade with a call to his old friend Ben.

Days ago, the Red Sox and Dodgers pulled off the most expensive trade in history, but a just-released recording of an August 20 telephone conversation between Boston GM Ben Cherington and his predecessor, Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, reveals that it very nearly never came about.

Cherington: Hello?

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Jayson Werth's big contract with the Nationals dominates the jibber jabber from around the ball world.

BARRY ZITO CAN ONCE AGAIN HOLD HIS HEAD HIGH

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July 28, 2010 8:00 am

On the Beat: Worth the Price

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John Perrotto

Rays lefty David Price is having a fine full first season in the major leagues, along with other news and notes from around the majors.

All talk about pitching phenoms now begins and ends with Stephen Strasburg. That is quite understandable as no pitcher in baseball history has ever arrived in the major leagues with quite the fanfare that the Nationals' right-hander did last month.

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Garrett Broshuis discusses clubhouse vernacular.

Garrett Broshuis, who led off this series 16 installments ago, is back to talk about the language of baseball. Broshuis became well-versed in the game’s distinct, and often vulgar, vernacular during six seasons in the Giants organization. He retired earlier this year.

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The Dodgers' farm director talks about a pair of middle infielders with good baseball bloodlines.

The Dodgers' Top 11 prospects list includes a pair of shortstops with big-league bloodlines, and few people know them better than De Jon Watson, the team’s assistant general manager and director of player development. The promising youngsters are 21-year-old Dee Gordon, son of long-time reliever Tom "Flash" Gordon, and 22-year-old Ivan De Jesus, Jr., son of former Phillies and Cubs shortstop Ivan De Jesus. Watson discussed the two highly-regarded infield prospects via telephone from the Dodgers' spring training facility in Glendale, Arizona.

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