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Contending Reds Make Baffling Trade

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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

Desperate Cardinals Turn To Weaver

Jim Callis -

Slumping but still clinging to the lead in the National League Central, but the Cardinals will need some pitching reinforcements if they're going to hang on and make the playoffs. St. Louis took a gamble on Wednesday, acquiring the ineffective Jeff Weaver from the Angels for Double-A outfielder Terry Evans.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

M’s Sacrifice Cabrera For Perez

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The Indians projected as one of the American League's top teams entering the season, while the Mariners looked like an also-ran. But with Cleveland scuffling and Seattle contending in a weaker-than-expected AL West, the teams swung a Friday trade that made sense for both sides. The Mariners got a righthanded bat for the present in Eduardo Perez, while the Indians received an infield prospect for the future in Asdrubal Cabrera.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Phillies, Rangers Swap Young Lefties

Jim Callis -

Lefthanded pitching prospects Fabio Castro and Daniel Haigwood should be used to getting traded by now. Originally signed by the White Sox, they changed addresses in offseason deals before they were exchanged for one another on Thursday. Castro went to the Phillies while Haigwood joined the Rangers, with Texas also receiving cash considerations.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Reds Reacquire Castro

Jim Callis -

Juan Castro spent five seasons as a utility infielder for the Reds before signing as a free agent with the Twins following the 2004 season. Now he's back with Cincinnati, which acquired him in a Thursday trade that sent outfield prospect Brandon Roberts to Minnesota.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Mismatched Sox Swap Relievers

Jim Callis -

The Red Sox and White Sox addressed each other's bullpen needs with a two-reliever trade on Thursday. Boston, which didn't have a lefty reliever, acquired one in Javier Lopez. Chicago, which needed another righty relief option, added David Riske.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Mets Give Up On Matsui

Jim Callis -

Most of the Japanese stars who have come to the U.S. majors have enjoyed success, but Kaz Matsui is a rare exception. After more than two years of waiting in vain for him to produce, the Mets gave up on Friday, dumping him on the Rockies in exchange for Eli Marrero.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Padres Reunite Prospects With Fuson

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Grady Fuson served as Rangers assistant general manager in charge of scouting and player development from 2002-04 before taking a similar role with the Padres last year. On Thursday, Fuson was reunited with two of his favorite prospects from the Texas system when San Diego dealt outfielder Freddy Guzman and righthander Cesar Rojas for first baseman Vincent Sinisi and righthander John Hudgins.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Mirabelli Returns To Red Sox

Jim Callis -

After trading Doug Mirabelli to the Padres in December, the Red Sox discovered that they didn't have anyone who could handle Tim Wakefield's knuckleball. On Monday, Boston solved that problem by reacquiring Mirabelli from San Diego in exchange for Josh Bard, Triple-A righthander Cla Meredith and $100,000.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

A’s Acquire Tadano From Tribe

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The first Japanese player signed by the Indians and once hailed as one of the organization's best pitching prospects, Kazuhito Tadano never found his niche with Cleveland. Designated for assignment on Saturday, he was traded Tuesday to the Athletics for outfield prospect Ramon Alvarado.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central