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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

Jim Callis -

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

Jim Callis -

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

A’s Get Dominguez In Three-Way Deal

Jim Callis -

In a three-team deal, Juan Dominguez goes to the Athletics; Freddie Bynum goes to the Cubs; and John Rheinecker, John Koronka and a player to be named (from Chicago) go to the Rangers. The Cubs ultimately settled the deal by sending cash considerations to Texas.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Padres, Rangers Complete Six-Player Swap

Aaron Fitt -

The Rangers and Padres swapped double-digit winners while addressing other needs on their big league rosters. Texas dealt righthander Chris Young, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and outfielder Terrmel Sledge for righthanders Adam Eaton and Akinori Otsuka and minor league catcher Billy Killian.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Mets, Dodgers Swap Arms

J.J. Cooper -

Looking to add another starting pitching option, the Dodgers picked up Mets righthander Jae Seo and lefthander Tim Hamulack for righthanders Duaner Sanchez and Steve Schmoll in the first significant trade of 2006.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Jays Lessen Corner Glut By Dumping Koskie

Jim Callis -

After trading for Lyle Overbay and Troy Glaus in December—and with Shea Hillenbrand, Eric Hinske and Corey Koskie already on hand—the Blue Jays had more corner infielders than they knew what to do with. They added a little clarity to the situation on Friday, dealing Koskie to the Brewers for Double-A righthander Brian Wolfe. Toronto also kicked in $7.25 million toward the remainder of Koskie's contract.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Cubs Give Up On Patterson, Deal Him To Orioles

Jim Callis -

When the Cubs took Corey Patterson with the third overall pick in 1998, he was supposed to be a cornerstone of their future success. Instead, the Patterson era in Chicago ended with a whimper on Monday, as the Cubs traded him to the Orioles for two Class A prospects, second baseman Nate Spears and lefthander Carlos Perez.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Baez Deal Makes Sense For Dodgers, Rays

Jim Callis -

In a trade that has been panned by some critics on both sides, the Dodgers acquired Danys Baez, Lance Carter and a player to be named later from the Devil Rays on Saturday for a pair of pitching prospects, Edwin Jackson and Chuck Tiffany. But the deal is a good fit for both clubs.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Orioles Bolster Rotation With Benson

Jim Callis -

The Orioles had their share of pitching problems in 2005, as both their staff as a whole (4.56) and their starters as a group (4.82) ranked 23rd in the majors in ERA. They took a step to address that flaw on Saturday, acquiring Kris Benson from the Mets for Jorge Julio and John Maine.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central