Yankees Shed Wright
Yankees deal Wright to Orioles for reliever.
Yankees deal Wright to Orioles for reliever.
Yanks pull the trigger on Sheffield trade.
Tribe locks up second base with addition of Barfield.
Teams usually don't make trades during the playoffs, but the Diamondbacks and Reds did so on Friday. Arizona didn't figure to reinstate Double-A Southern League home run champ Jerry Gil to its 40-man roster this offseason, so it shipped him to Cincinnati for high Class A righthander Abe Woody. The Reds added Gil to their 40-man roster.
The National League West-leading Dodgers added to their bench just before Thursday's deadline for acquiring players who will be eligible for postseason play. Los Angeles picked up Marlon Anderson from the Nationals in exchange for Rookie-ball righthander Jhonny Nunez. Washington also kicked in some cash to cover part of Anderson's remaining contract.
Though they rank eighth in the National League wild-card race, the Braves haven't given up hope of making the playoffs for the 15th consecutive season. They added to their bench on Thursday by acquiring Daryle Ward from the Nationals for Class A righthander Luis Atilano.
The Cubs traded for Phil Nevin in May, when they still hoped to contend and needed an injury replacement for Derrek Lee. Chicago's situation has changed drastically since then, so it sent Nevin to the Twins for a player to be named on Thursday, the last day players could be dealt and remain eligible for the postseason. The Cubs also contributed cash toward Nevin's 2006 salary.
The National League playoff races are extremely tight, with only the Mets assured of a postseason berth and 10 clubs within five games of one of the other three spots. With several teams looking for starting pitching help and little available, the Padres parted with a quality catching prospect on Thursday to obtain David Wells from the Red Sox. The deal officially was consumated for a player to be named, but baseball sources have confirmed that Boston will receive George Kottaras.
In a rare August trade of two minor leaguers not targeted as stretch-drive contributors, the Rangers acquired outfielder Victor Diaz from the Mets on Wednesday for catcher Mike Nickeas.
The Red Sox are nosediving out of playoff contention, in part because their pitching staff has imploded. Boston made a minor move Monday in an attempt to bolster its bullpen, acquiring Mike Burns from the Reds for Tim Bausher and cash in an exchange of Triple-A righthanders.
As the Phillies continue to make up ground in the National League wild-card race, they continue to make deals to help their cause. A week after trading for Jamie Moyer—and a month after seemingly giving up on their season by giving up Bobby Abreu, Cory Lidle and Rheal Cormier—Philadelphia acquired Jeff Conine from the Orioles on Sunday for Triple-A shortstop Angel Chavez. Baltimore also included cash to offset the remainder of Conine's contract.
Making a charge in the National League West, the Padres decided to bolster their bench with a trade on Thursday. San Diego acquired Russell Branyan from the Devil Rays in exchange for Class A righthander Evan Meek and Triple-A righthander Dale Thayer.
Owners of a 13 1/2-game lead in the National League East, the Mets have all but clinched a playoff berth. But with Xavier Nady traded to the Mets, Cliff Floyd hurt yet again and megaprospect Lastings Milledge still trying to figure the big leagues out, New York needed help on the outfield corners. So the Mets addressed that problem on Tuesday, getting Shawn Green from the Diamondbacks for Triple-A lefthander Evan MacLane. Arizona also kicked in $6.3 million, slightly less than half the remaining value of Green's contract.
The Tigers have sought infield depth since starting second baseman Placido Polanco separated his shoulder diving for a liner on Tuesday, sidelining him for at least a month. Detroit explored a few options before making a move on Sunday, getting Neifi Perez from the Cubs for Class A catcher Chris Robinson.
The Phillies have charged back into the National League wild-card race, while the Mariners have fallen hopelessly out of contention in the American League West. So on Saturday, the teams made a trade reflecting their new status. Philadelphia obtained Jamie Moyer from Seattle in exchange for Class A pitching prospects Andrew Baldwin and Andrew Barb. The Mariners also contributed cash toward the remainder of Moyer's $5.5 million salary for 2006.
Gearing up for a crucial five-game series against the Yankees this weekend, the Red Sox bolstered their depth by acquiring Eric Hinske from the Blue Jays for cash considerations.
The Reds continue to lead the National League wild-card race, and general manager Wayne Krivsky continues to acquire lefthanded relievers. Following previous deals for Eddie Guardado, Bill Bray and Rheal Cormier, Cincinnati traded for Scott Schoeneweis on Wednesday. The Blue Jays will receive either a player to be named or cash.
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.
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.
The Red Sox acquire Javier Lopez from the Orioles. Adam Stern becomes the player to be named later.