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Reds Make Another Bullpen Move

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The National League wild card-leading Reds made their third move to upgrade their bullpen this month, acquiring Rheal Cormier from the Phillies on Monday in exchange for Justin Germano. Earlier in July, Cincinnati picked up Eddie Guardado, Bill Bray and Gary Majewski.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Tigers Add Casey At Low Cost

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Sean Casey's return home to Pittsburgh lasted less than a year. The Tigers had been looking for a lefthanded bat and found one Monday by landing Casey. Pirates general manager Dave Littlefield has developed a reputation for putting a high price tag on his players, but he accepted marginal prospect Brian Rogers in return for Casey.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Cards Shore Up Second With Belliard

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The Cardinals still lead the National League Central by 3 1/2 games, but after getting swept by the Cubs in a four-game series they decided to bolster one of the weakest spots in the lineup. St. Louis traded for former all-star Ronnie Belliard on Sunday, sending Hector Luna to the Indians.

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Money Drives Abreu Trade To Yankees

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In the first blockbuster of Trade Deadline weekend, the Yankees filled two holes on Sunday. New York acquired Bobby Abreu and Cory Lidle from the Phillies in exchange for four minor leaguers: shortstop C.J. Henry, lefthander Matt Smith, catcher Jesus Sanchez and righthander Carlos Monasterios.

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Disappointing Bell Era Ends In Philly

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For much of his four years in Philadelphia, David Bell hasn't lived up to expectations. With the Phillies going through a disappointing season of their own, they pulled the plug on Bell on Friday. They sent him to the Brewers in exchange for Class A righthander Wilfrido Laureano.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Nationals Trade Stanton Again

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For the second straight year, the Nationals have traded Mike Stanton. After dealing him to the Red Sox last September for a couple of lower-level prospects, Washington got a considerably higher return on Friday. The Nationals shipped Stanton to the Giants for Class A righthander Shairon Martis.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Rangers Win Lee Sweepstakes

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With the Brewers' playoff hopes flagging, Carlos Lee's decision to turn down a four-year, $48 million contract extension on Thursday sealed his fate in Milwaukee. Rather than lose him as a free agent after the season, the Brewers traded the much-coveted slugger to the Rangers on Friday morning. Instead of dealing him for a package of youngsters, Milwaukee targeted players who can help now and in the near future, getting Kevin Mench, Francisco Cordero and Laynce Nix. The lone prospect the Brewers landed was low Class A lefthander Julian Cordero, and they also sent Triple-A outfielder Nelson Cruz to Texas.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Mariners Reunite Platoon Partners

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Less than a month after trading a solid prospect to get half of the Indians' first-base platoon, the Mariners were at it again on Wednesday. Seattle acquired the lefthanded-hitting half, Ben Broussard, in exchange for Triple-A outfielder Shin-Soo Choo and a player to be named.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Dodgers Dump Perez On Royals

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The Dodgers already had banished ineffective Odalis Perez to relief, but he chafed at that role and accused the team of treating him like "trash" a week ago. Los Angeles gladly found a taker for Perez on Tuesday, sending him to the Royals for Elmer Dessens. To make the deal worth Kansas City's while, the Dodgers also included pitching prospects Blake Johnson and Julio Pimentel, plus roughly $8 million to offset the remainder of Perez' contract, which runs through 2007.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Chisox Acquire Former All-Star

Jim Callis -

The White Sox completed a trade for a former all-star on Monday, but it wasn't the deal for Alfonso Soriano so hotly rumored earlier in the afternoon. Instead, Chicago added Mike MacDougal from the Royals at the cost of minor league pitchers Tyler Lumsden and Daniel Cortes.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Braves Don’t Give Up, Deal For Closer

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Though they're 45-50, the Braves haven't given up trying to extend their streak of consecutive postseason appearances to 15. Five games behind the Reds in the race for the National League wild card, Atlanta moved to shore up its biggest weakness on Thursday. Trying to plug a leaky bullpen that has blown an NL-high 20 of 40 save changes, the Braves acquired Bob Wickman from the Indians for Class A catching prospect Max Ramirez.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Mets, Royals Swap Second Basemen

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Barring a complete collapse, the Mets are assured of winning the National League East. But that didn't stop New York from doing some minor tinkering and acquiring another second-base option on Wednesday. In an exchange of Triple-A second basemen with big league experience, the Mets picked up Ruben Gotay from the Royals for Jeff Keppinger.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Contending Reds Make Baffling Trade

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The Reds are just 1 1/2 games back in the National League wild-card chase and four behind in the NL Central, while the Nationals have the third-worst record in the league. Yet it was Cincinnati surrendering more talent than it received from Washington in a baffling trade on Thursday. The Reds gave up two productive starters, Felipe Lopez and Austin Kearns, plus Triple-A righthander Ryan Wagner to acquire a less-than-inspiring package of five players: big leaguers Gary Majewski, Bill Bray and Royce Clayton and minor leaguers Brendan Harris and Daryl Thompson.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Astros Ask Huff To Bolster Offense

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Looking to bolster the 13th-ranked offense in the National League in hopes of making another of their patented second-half runs, the Astros added Aubrey Huff on Wednesday. In the first trade after the all-star break, the Devil Rays received a pair of Double-A prospects, righthander Mitch Talbot and shortstop Ben Zobrist. Tampa Bay also contributed slightly more than half of the remainder of Huff's $6.75 million salary for 2006.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Reds Hope Guardado Can Help Bullpen

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For the second time in two days, a National League Central contender tried to shore up its pitching by adding a struggling veteran. After the Cardinals acquired Jeff Weaver for their rotation on Wednesday, the Reds countered Thursday by picking up Eddie Guardado from the Mariners for Double-A righthander Travis Chick. Seattle also included cash to defray part of Guardado's remaining salary.

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