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Tribe Gets Michaels As Prelude To Crisp Deal

Jim Callis -

The Indians pulled off a six-player trade with the Red Sox on Friday in which Coco Crisp and third-base prospect Andy Marte were the principals, but they first set the stage for that deal with a smaller one earlier in the day. Cleveland replaced Crisp in left field by obtaining Jason Michaels from the Phillies for Arthur Rhodes.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Red Sox Find Damon’s Successor

Jim Callis -

It took more than five weeks, but the Red Sox finally found their replacement for departed free agent Johnny Damon. On Friday, they acquired Coco Crisp, along with David Riske and Josh Bard, from the Indians for top prospect Andy Marte, Kelly Shoppach, Guillermo Mota and either a player to be named or cash. Cleveland made a second deal to replace Crisp in its outfield, getting Jason Michaels from the Phillies for Arthur Rhodes.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Mariners, White Sox Exchange Failed First-Rounders

Jim Callis -

Two ballyhooed former first-round picks changed organizations on Monday. The White Sox sent outfielder Joe Borchard, whose $5.3 million bonus in 2000 stood as a draft record until Justin Upton signed for $6.1 million in January, for lefthander Matt Thornton, the biggest surprise selection in 1998's first round.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Cruz, Halsey Change Addresses Again

Jim Callis -

Two pitchers accustomed to getting traded had it happen again on Sunday as Juan Cruz went to the Diamondbacks in a deal that sent Brad Halsey to the Athletics. Cruz was traded twice in 2004, first from the Cubs to the Braves for prospects and then to the Athletics for Tim Hudson. Halsey was part of the Randy Johnson trade with the Yankees in January 2005.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Cubs Deal Surplus Pitcher To Marlins

Jim Callis -

The Cubs have a surplus of pitchers competing for major league jobs, while the Marlins are looking for arms after their offseason fire sale. That made the two clubs natural trading partners, and they consummated a deal on Tuesday. Chicago sent Todd Wellemeyer to Florida for a pair of pitching prospects, Lincoln Holdzkom and Zach McCormack.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central