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Cubs Welcome Trachsel Back

Jim Callis -

Steve Trachsel broke into the majors with the Cubs and won 60 games for Chicago from 1993-99. Now he's coming home again, as the Cubs added him for the stretch drive in a Thursday trade with the Orioles. In return, Baltimore received a pair of Triple-A players, third baseman/outfielder Scott Moore and righthander Rocky Cherry. Nov. 5 update: The deal had a condition that provided Baltimore with a third prospect if Chicago made the playoffs, so the Cubs sent righthander Jake Renshaw to the Orioles as well.

Majors | #2007#Trade Central

Cards Add Branyan As Insurance

Jim Callis -

With Scott Rolen's left shoulder ailing again, the Cardinals moved to pick up some third-base insurance on Friday. They added Russell Branyan from the Phillies in exchange for a player to be named. Philadelphia ultimately received cash considerations to complete the deal.

Majors | #2007#Trade Central

Cubs Grab Monroe For His Righty Pop

Jim Callis -

With Alfonso Soriano and Angel Pagan on the disabled list, the National League Central-leading Cubs have sought an outfielder who can hit lefthanders. They made a deal for one on Thursday, acquiring Craig Monroe from the Tigers for a player to be named plus cash toward his $4.775 million salary. Detroit acquired Triple-A lefthander Clay Rapada to complete the deal on Aug. 30.

Majors | #2007#Trade Central

Pena Era Ends In Boston

Jim Callis -

The Wily Mo Pena era ended in Boston on Friday, not having worked out as the Red Sox had hoped. It concluded with his trade to the Nationals for a player to be named or cash considerations. Four days later, it expanded into a three-team deal, with Washington shipping Triple-A righthander Emiliano Fruto to the Diamondbacks for Triple-A slugger Chris Carter, who went to Boston as the payment for Pena.

Majors | #2007#Trade Central

Mariners Add Fourth Lefty To Bullpen

Jim Callis -

The Mariners continue to hang tough in the American League West race, and they made a small trade Thursday to get some bullpen help. Seattle acquired John Parrish from the Orioles in exchange for minor league outfielder Sebastien Boucher and either a player to be named or cash considerations. Baltimore ultimately received cash considerations to complete the deal.

Majors | #2007#Trade Central

Archrivals Swing Minor Trade

Jim Callis -

The Dodgers and Giants are bitter rivals, but they reached detente long enough on Thursday to complete a minor trade. San Francisco sent Mark Sweeney to Los Angeles in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations. On Aug. 26, the Giants received high Class A second baseman Travis Denker to complete the trade.

Majors | #2007#Trade Central

Cardinals Hope Pineiro Can Help Staff

Jim Callis -

It certainly wasn't the Red Sox' biggest bullpen move on Tuesday, but it was their first. Boston kicked off the deals on Deadline Day by sending Joel Pineiro to the Cardinals for a player to be named. The Sox also included cash toward Pineiro's $4 million salary. Oct. 6 update: St. Louis Post-Dispatch writer and BA correspondent Derrick Goold reports that Boston will receive Double-A outfielder Sean Danielson to complete the deal at some point following the World Series.

Majors | #2007#Trade Central

Padres Add More Depth With Ensberg

Jim Callis -

Morgan Ensberg's stock has dropped swiftly, but the Padres still believed he was worth taking a gamble on. After the Astros had designated him for assignment, they sent him to San Diego on Tuesday for a player to be named. The deal ultimately was resolved with Houston receiving cash considerations.

Majors | #2007#Trade Central