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A few quiet mid-day notes and links

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Still no word on CC Sabathia and nothing official on Brian Cashman — word is the Cashman announcement won’t come today — but some other teams are making news with names you’ll recognize.

The Braves actually found a trade market for Derek Lowe. [2]Details are unknown, but Atlanta has reportedly moved Lowe and his ugly contract — have to assume the Braves are paying most of that — to the Indians. It’s worth noting that this is the last year of Lowe’s contract. There are two more years on A.J. Burnett’s deal.

Aramis Ramirez has voided his contract [3]in order to become a free agent. As much as the Yankees could certainly use a productive corner infielder to spell Alex Rodriguez, a massive contract to Ramirez would probably be overkill.

• Grady Sizemore hasn’t been able to stay healthy, and now the Indians have declined his option. [4] Not sure I’d put him in the same boat as Eric Chavez as a player who’s going to have to settle for a minor league deal because of his injury history. Someone will take a chance on his talent.

• Speaking of Chavez, one alternative for his spot is off the market as Eric Hinske’s option was picked up by the Braves.  [5]But Nate McClouth is available. That’s a guy who’s definitely trending the wrong way.

• All the best to Tony LaRussa, who’s going out on top, announcing his retirement just days after winning the World Series. [6]Does that affect Albert Pujols’ free agency? Those two were apparently very close.

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