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Deadline Day Trades Around Baseball

Here's a rundown of the deadline day deals around baseball involving name players.

Rangers trade catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to the Red Sox.
Red Sox trade reliever Ramon Ramirez to the Giants.
Astros trade designated hitter Lance Berkman to the Yankees.
Indians trade reliever Kerry Wood to the Yankees.
Royals trade reliever Kyle Farnsworth and outfielder Rick Ankiel to the Braves.
Pirates trade reliever Octavio Dotel to the Dodgers.
Pirates trade reliever Javier Lopez to Giants.
Cubs trade starter Ted Lilly and infielder Ryan Theriot to the Dodgers.
Diamondbacks trade outfielder Chris Snyder to the Pirates.
Indians trade starter Jake Westbrook to the Cardinals
Diamondbacks trade reliever Chad Qualls to the Rays.

Yankees Trade For Lance Berkman

It's official ... Lance Berkman is a Yankee. The team sent out word minutes ago that the trade for the former Astros All-Star has been completed. Berkman should be the full-time designated hitter for the Yankees. The Astros get pitcher Mark Melancon and infielder Jimmy Paredes in the deal. So, the Yankees get a much-needed bat for very little.

The Astros will also be paying off part of Berkman's salary this year, according to reports. The Yankees also added Austin Kearns last night for a bat off the bench. The Yankees main competition in the AL East, the Rays, added reliever Chad Qualls from the Diamondbacks. Take it from someone who owned Qualls in fantasy baseball this year, Qualls is a disaster. But only time will tell. The trade deadline is 4 p.m. today.

UPDATE: The Yankees have traded for Kerry Wood, giving up a player to be named later.
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Jets Sign QB Mark Brunell

The months-long rumors that the Jets would sign quarterback Mark Brunell once the "Final Eight" playoff restrictions were lifted is finally a reality. The Jets signed the former Saints QB to a two-year deal today. He will serve more of a mentor to franchise quarterback Mark Sanchez than a backup for now, unless the team unloads Kellen Clemens in the coming days.

One quarterback currently on the roster will definitely be cut, be it Clemens, Erik Ainge or Kevin O'Connell. O'Connell should get the boot, but Clemens is a strong possibility. Right now, I would trust Clemens a heck of a lot more than Brunell if the unthinkable happened and Sanchez was lost for a good portion of the season. I understand Brunell being brought in as a mentor for Sanchez, but him being the primary backup is a scary thought. Brunell is 39 years old and has started just one game in the last three seasons.

If you thought Clemens starting was a bad thought, imagine if Brunell was forced into meaningful action?
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Breaking Down The Contracts Of Aaron Hernandez & David Reed

With training camps around the NFL about to open, and news out today that, first, the Jets had interest in Terrell Owens and, second, he ended up signing with the Bengals, let's take a look at the contracts signed by two local stars who were drafted this past April, Aaron Hernandez of Bristol and David Reed of New Britain.

We'll start with Reed because his deal is straightforward.

Reed, a fifth-round draft pick out of Utah, signed a three-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens for a total package of $1.349 million. Reed got a signing bonus of $134,000 and will make $320,000 in 2010, $405,000 in 2011 and $490,000 in 2012.

On the opposite end of straightforward is the deal signed by Hernandez and the New England Patriots. Here's the simple stuff. The fourth-round draft pick out of Florida via Bristol Central High School signed a four-year deal. He gets base salaries of $320,000 in 2010, $405,000 in 2011, $490,000 in 2012 and $575,000 in 2013.

Here is where things get a little messy. The Patriots took a chance on Hernandez because of his failed drug test at Florida that forced him to drop to the fourth round of the draft, and they are protecting themselves a bit with the conditions in Hernandez's contract. Hernandez received a signing bonus of just $200,000, far less than those chosen in the same round as him, and not much more than Reed. Hernandez will receive a bonus each year if he makes the 53-man roster, which is obviously the Patriots protecting themselves in case of a suspension. He gets $76,000 in 2010, $90,000 in 2011, $104,000 in 2012 and $118,000 in 2013. There are also workout bonuses due at the of the year. If completed he makes $24,000 at the end of 2010. He then would make workout bonuses of $110,000 in 2011, $96,000 in 2012 and $82,000 in 2013. If he fails to make the workout bonus in Year 1, those following years are voided. He also gets a playing time bonus that totals a maximum of $1.308 million. So, bottom line, if Hernandez doesn't screw up he'll be making roughly $3.998 million over the four years.

The complicated nature of the deal is just another reason why young football players out there need to stay clean, otherwise I'll have to do all this research (thanks for the help with the impossible Hernandez deal) and pray that people understand what they just read on the blog.

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New Britain Herald Athletes Of The Season To Be Announced Next 2 Days

Some goings on in the sports department this week. Our selections for Male and Female Athlete of the Season at the New Britain Herald will be announced over the next two days, so make sure you pick up the Herald to find out which athletes stood out best.

In addition to those features, look for full coverage of the Nutmeg State Games with a several pages each day. We're going to cover the games better than anyone. It's something everyone across the state will want to pick up. Also, check out the Press and Herald websites, as we're going to start putting some video of the Games. From there, who knows?

The Bristol Press Athletes of the Year will be announced over the next week or two, so make sure you look out for those stories as well.

Farmington's Tim Abromaitis, Many Others Arrested For Underage Drinking At Notre Dame

Farmington's Tim Abromaitis, the Notre Dame basketball star, was arrested at a party Friday night for underage drinking. Abromaitis was one of 42 people and 11 Notre Dame athletes that were arrested.

In addition to the Farmington product, quarterback Nate Montana (son of Joe Montana) was arrested. Others included, wide receivers Robbie Toma and Tai-ler Jones, linebacker Steve Filer, kicker Nick Tausch, cornerback Lo Wood and offensive lineman Chris Watt and Tate Nichols. Incoming freshman basketball point guard Eric Atkins and incoming freshman hockey goalie Steven Summerhays were also arrested. The sheriff's spokesman said most had been released on $150 bond. They are scheduled to make court appearances July 30. If convicted, the maximum sentence would be 30 days in jail.

Notre Dame officials said coaches were aware of the arrests and any possible discipline would be handled internally. The Associated Press reported that Notre Dame SID Bernie Cafarelli said basketball coach Mike Brey would handle any punishment internally. Abromaitis was the Irish's second leading scorer, averaging 16.1 points per game last season.

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Marcus Aiken Dismissed From UConn

Former St. Paul star athlete and New Britain native Marcus Aiken was dismissed from the University of Connecticut and the football team, coach Randy Edsall said during the team’s summer teleconference Thursday. Edsall said only that Aiken and fellow receiver Malik Generett, who was also dismissed from the team, went against university policies without going further into the exact reason. He said there was no legal issues involved, however, and that the departures were related to academics.

“It’s unfortunate that some guys just don’t take care of things they should take care of,” he said. “If guys took care of their business, they wouldn’t put themselves in that situation.”

Aiken had worked out at safety in the spring but was moved to receiver at the end of spring play. Generett is a 6-foot-4 wide receiver. He was ruled ineligible to play.