MLB notes: Dodgers' Skip Schumaker no fan of Ryan Braun

Dodgers' Skip Schumaker thinks fellow baseball player Ryan Braun, suspended for the rest of the...

Dodgers' Skip Schumaker thinks fellow baseball player Ryan Braun, suspended for the rest of the season due to his association with performance-enhancing drugs, should be banned for life. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images/AFP)

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Skip Schumaker is absolutely fed up with the steroid era.

The Los Angeles Dodgers utility man went off on Ryan Braun and other alleged performance-enhancing drug users in an interview with the L.A. Times.

"I have an autographed Braun jersey in my baseball room that I’ll be taking down," the 33-year-old journeyman said. "I don’t want my son identifying what I’ve worked so hard to get to and work so hard to have -- I don’t want him comparing Braun to me."

Braun, suspended the remainder of the season Monday by MLB, has been the subject of worldwide ridicule since the news broke. Schumaker, however, has perhaps been Braun's most vocal peer.

“In my opinion, he should be suspended, lifetime ban," Schumaker said of Braun. "One strike, you’re out. It’s enough. It’s ridiculous. You’re still doing this? This guy is one of the main guys that are the face of the franchise and the face of baseball. For him to do this and maybe get caught twice already is ridiculous."

“Suspend them all. It needs to get out of baseball, so how are you going to do it?"

PEAVY NEXT TO LEAVE WINDY CITY?

The fire sale is officially on in Chicago.

Monday, the Chicago Cubs sent 29-year-old pitcher Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers in exchange for three prospects and future considerations.

Across town, the Chicago White Sox are expected to part ways with pitcher Jake Peavy sometime before MLB’s July 31 trade deadline, according to CSNChicago.com.

Peavy, 32, is signed through 2014. But that didn’t keep his ear to the ground during a lengthy Garza trade rumour period prior to the deal being made official.

“Just thinking about leverage and stuff, you think Garza is probably the biggest name out there so to speak,” Peavy said. “You would think other teams would wait until that to set the market and kind of happen before.

“We’ll see how the next few days plays out.”

In 12 starts this season, Peavy is 7-4 with a 4.19 ERA. Saturday, in his first start since being activated from the 15-day disabled list, Peavy pitched six innings of seven-hit ball, allowing only two earned-runs.

CONFLICTING REPORTS ON POTENTIAL SORIANO TRADE

Alfonso Soriano, a two-time World Series champion with the New York Yankees, appears to be on his way back to the Bronx Bombers.

Soriano, who has spent the past five-plus seasons in a Chicago Cubs uniform, is close to being dealt to the Yankees, according to a report from the New York Post.

Chicago is said to be asking for a mid-level prospect in return. Soriano, who has a no-trade clause in his contract, is allegedly open to waiving it in favour of the proposed trade.

“I wouldn’t comment on that,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said when asked about a trade possibility.

The Chicago Tribune reported on the situation Wednesday as well, conflicting the New York Post report. The Windy City paper’s Cubs sources have told they are “engaged in preliminary talks” but a deal was not close.

The swap would make sense for both clubs, with the Cubs currently unloading all its big-ticket players and the Yankees eager to add some much-needed offence.

Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira are all unavailable to New York right now.

Soriano, 37, is set to earn $18 million this season and in 2014. He is hitting .259 with 17 home runs and 51 RBI so far this year.

PEDROIA SIGNS LONG-TERM EXTENSION: REPORT

Seven more years for Boston Red Sox-lifer Dustin Pedroia.

That's the length of the second baseman's newly agreed upon contract, according to a report from the Boston Globe.

The deal, which won't kick in until the 2015 season, is worth $100 million and makes him a Red Sox until after his 38th birthday.

The four-time all-star and 2008 American League MVP has a no-trade clause in the new contract, too.

Pedroia has a .303 lifetime batting average, 96 home runs and 466 RBI in 956 career games.

BRIEFLY

Oakland A's pitcher Brett Anderson, out since April because of a stress fracture in his foot, threw a 35-pitch bullpen session Monday without any issues, according to MLB.com. Anderson is scheduled to return to the lineup in August ... The Los Angeles Dodgers signed free-agent Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero to a seven-year, $32 million contract, according to a Tuesday report from ESPN ... San Diego Padres pitcher Jason Marquis will be sidelined for the rest of 2013. Monday, the team found significant damage in his ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow ... The New York Mets announced pitcher Shaun Marcum has been placed on waivers ... The Texas Rangers activated pitcher Alexi Ogando from the disabled list Wednesday. Ogando missed six weeks with biceps tendinitis.


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