Jim Callis

Reds Fine-Tune, Add Hollandsworth

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The Reds aren't making blockbusters, but they continue to pull off minor deals to add depth as they try to hold onto the National League wild-card lead, which they currently share with the Dodgers. On Wednesday, they picked up Todd Hollandsworth from the Indians for either a player to be named or cash. The deal later was resolved with cash considerations.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Arizona Turns To Hernandez For Boost

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With the Diamondbacks one game back in the National League wild-card race and two out in the NL West hunt, they're looking for someone to put them over the top. They hope Livan Hernandez can give them that boost after trading for him on Monday, sending Double-A pitching prospects Garrett Mock and Matt Chico to the Nationals in a waiver-wire deal. Washington also included roughly $2 million to cover most of Hernandez' remaining salary this year.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Ask BA

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Who has the best farm system in baseball? Did Cuban star Yuliesky Gourriel defect? What do scouts think of Justin Upton's pro debut?

Minors | #2006#Ask BA

Reds Make Another Bullpen Move

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The National League wild card-leading Reds made their third move to upgrade their bullpen this month, acquiring Rheal Cormier from the Phillies on Monday in exchange for Justin Germano. Earlier in July, Cincinnati picked up Eddie Guardado, Bill Bray and Gary Majewski.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Tigers Add Casey At Low Cost

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Sean Casey's return home to Pittsburgh lasted less than a year. The Tigers had been looking for a lefthanded bat and found one Monday by landing Casey. Pirates general manager Dave Littlefield has developed a reputation for putting a high price tag on his players, but he accepted marginal prospect Brian Rogers in return for Casey.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Cards Shore Up Second With Belliard

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The Cardinals still lead the National League Central by 3 1/2 games, but after getting swept by the Cubs in a four-game series they decided to bolster one of the weakest spots in the lineup. St. Louis traded for former all-star Ronnie Belliard on Sunday, sending Hector Luna to the Indians.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Money Drives Abreu Trade To Yankees

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In the first blockbuster of Trade Deadline weekend, the Yankees filled two holes on Sunday. New York acquired Bobby Abreu and Cory Lidle from the Phillies in exchange for four minor leaguers: shortstop C.J. Henry, lefthander Matt Smith, catcher Jesus Sanchez and righthander Carlos Monasterios.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Disappointing Bell Era Ends In Philly

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For much of his four years in Philadelphia, David Bell hasn't lived up to expectations. With the Phillies going through a disappointing season of their own, they pulled the plug on Bell on Friday. They sent him to the Brewers in exchange for Class A righthander Wilfrido Laureano.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Nationals Trade Stanton Again

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For the second straight year, the Nationals have traded Mike Stanton. After dealing him to the Red Sox last September for a couple of lower-level prospects, Washington got a considerably higher return on Friday. The Nationals shipped Stanton to the Giants for Class A righthander Shairon Martis.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Ask BA

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Who is the best rookie pitcher in baseball, as of this moment? What's going on with Andrew Miller's negotiations with the Tigers? Will Matt Harrington ever sign with a big league team?

Minors | #2006#Ask BA

Rangers Win Lee Sweepstakes

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With the Brewers' playoff hopes flagging, Carlos Lee's decision to turn down a four-year, $48 million contract extension on Thursday sealed his fate in Milwaukee. Rather than lose him as a free agent after the season, the Brewers traded the much-coveted slugger to the Rangers on Friday morning. Instead of dealing him for a package of youngsters, Milwaukee targeted players who can help now and in the near future, getting Kevin Mench, Francisco Cordero and Laynce Nix. The lone prospect the Brewers landed was low Class A lefthander Julian Cordero, and they also sent Triple-A outfielder Nelson Cruz to Texas.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Draft Dish: July 27

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By the end of July, the Tigers still hadn't signed their first-round pick. But that's becoming business as usual for Detroit and wasn't entirely unexpected.

Draft | #2007

Mariners Reunite Platoon Partners

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Less than a month after trading a solid prospect to get half of the Indians' first-base platoon, the Mariners were at it again on Wednesday. Seattle acquired the lefthanded-hitting half, Ben Broussard, in exchange for Triple-A outfielder Shin-Soo Choo and a player to be named.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central