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Yankees Find Backup Backstop

Jim Callis -

Tired of Wil Nieves' inability to provide any offense as a backup to all-star catcher Jorge Posada, the Yankees traded for a new No. 2 catcher on Saturday. New York picked up Jose Molina from the Angels in exchange for Double-A righthander Jeff Kennard.

Majors | #2007#Trade Central

Cubs Dump Izturis On Pirates

Jim Callis -

The Cubs gave Cesar Izturis to the Pirates for a player to be named in a July 19 trade. Chicago also contributed cash toward the remainder of Izturis' $4.15 million salary for 2007. The Cubs ultimately received cash considerations to complete the deal.

Majors | #2007#Trade Central

Cubs Bank On Kendall Rebounding

Jim Callis -

The Cubs have gotten next to no offense out of their catchers since banishing Michael Barrett to San Diego a month ago. Chicago made a move designed to rectify that situation Monday, acquiring former all-star Jason Kendall from the Athletics for Rob Bowen and Double-A lefthander Jerry Blevins. Oakland also will contribute cash toward the remainder of Kendall's 2007 salary.

Majors | #2007#Trade Central

Padres Risk Little On Bradley

Jim Callis -

The Padres have ridden their pitching to the top of the National League West, but their offense still could use some help. As a result, San Diego took a chance on volatile Milton Bradley, who was a key part of playoff teams with the Dodgers and the Athletics but wore out his welcome with both clubs. Oakland, which had designated Bradley for assignment before his lack of playing time would become an issue, accepted Triple-A righthander Andrew Brown in return for Bradley on Friday. The A's also will contribute $1.36 million toward the remainder of Bradley's 2007 salary.

Majors | #2007#Trade Central

Cust Joins Growing A’s Outfield Corps

Jim Callis -

Another day, another outfielder for the Athletics. On Thursday, Oakland made its fourth trade involving an outfielder in a week, getting Jack Cust from the Padres for a player to be named or cash considerations. San Diego ultimately received cash considerations to complete the trade.

Majors | #2007#Trade Central

A’s Pick Up Another Outfielder

Jim Callis -

The Athletics traded for their second outfielder in three days, acquiring Ryan Langerhans from the Braves on Sunday for a player to be named. That comes on the heels of a Friday deal with the Reds for the injured Chris Denorfia. Atlanta ultimately received cash considerations to complete the deal.

Majors | #2007#Trade Central

A’s Deal For Injured Denorfia

Jim Callis -

There's no question that the Athletics made a trade for Chris Denorfia on Friday with an eye to the future. The outfielder is expected to miss the entire 2007 season after having Tommy John surgery on April 3. To get Denorfia from the Reds, Oakland parted with two players to be named and cash considerations. Cincinnati acquired Triple-A righthander Marcus McBeth from the A's on Saturday as part of the payment. On June 12, the Reds received lefty Ben Jukich as the second player to be named.

Majors | #2007#Trade Central

Rangers, Bosox Swap Minor Leaguers

Jim Callis -

Daniel Haigwood rated as one of the White Sox' best pitching prospects before they traded him for Jim Thome, but his stock has dropped since then. Designated for assignment when the Rangers promoted Jamey Wright to the majors, Haigwood moved on to the Red Sox Thursday in exchange for Double-A righthander Scott Shoemaker and cash.

Majors | #2007#Trade Central