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Contending Reds Make Baffling Trade

Jim Callis -

The Reds are just 1 1/2 games back in the National League wild-card chase and four behind in the NL Central, while the Nationals have the third-worst record in the league. Yet it was Cincinnati surrendering more talent than it received from Washington in a baffling trade on Thursday. The Reds gave up two productive starters, Felipe Lopez and Austin Kearns, plus Triple-A righthander Ryan Wagner to acquire a less-than-inspiring package of five players: big leaguers Gary Majewski, Bill Bray and Royce Clayton and minor leaguers Brendan Harris and Daryl Thompson.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Astros Ask Huff To Bolster Offense

Jim Callis -

Looking to bolster the 13th-ranked offense in the National League in hopes of making another of their patented second-half runs, the Astros added Aubrey Huff on Wednesday. In the first trade after the all-star break, the Devil Rays received a pair of Double-A prospects, righthander Mitch Talbot and shortstop Ben Zobrist. Tampa Bay also contributed slightly more than half of the remainder of Huff's $6.75 million salary for 2006.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Reds Hope Guardado Can Help Bullpen

Jim Callis -

For the second time in two days, a National League Central contender tried to shore up its pitching by adding a struggling veteran. After the Cardinals acquired Jeff Weaver for their rotation on Wednesday, the Reds countered Thursday by picking up Eddie Guardado from the Mariners for Double-A righthander Travis Chick. Seattle also included cash to defray part of Guardado's remaining salary.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central