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L.A. Gets Lugo In Biggest Monday Deal

Alan Matthews -

Moments before Monday's non-waiver trade deadline and after acquiring Greg Maddux to sure up their pitching staff, the Dodgers bolstered their lineup by acquiring shortstop Julio Lugo from the Devil Rays in exchange for Triple-A prospect Joel Guzman and minor league outfielder Sergio Pedroza.

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Second Maddux Stint Ends In Chicago

John Manuel -

The first time Greg Maddux left the Cubs, he was at the peak of his powers as a free agent in 1992. Now, Maddux has left the friendly confines of Wrigley Field again, this time as a past-his-prime, back-of-the-rotation starter. He went to the Dodgers on Monday in exchange for deluxe defender Cesar Izturis. Chicago also contributed $2 million toward the remainder of Maddux' salary.

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Rangers Find Some Pitching In Wells

Aaron Fitt -

The Rangers already had bolstered their offense with the acquisitions of Carlos Lee and Matt Stairs. Just before Monday's trade deadline, they made a move to shore up their starting pitching as well. Texas acquired Kip Wells from the Pirates for Triple-A righthander Jesse Chavez.

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Rangers Add Another Bat In Stairs

John Manuel -

New Royals general manager Dayton Moore continued Monday to do whatever he can to improve his organization for the future, trading 38-year-old Matt Stairs to the Rangers. Continuing a theme of most of Moore's initial deals, Kansas City acquired a promising if erratic arm in Triple-A righthander Joselo Diaz.

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Reds Make Another Bullpen Move

Jim Callis -

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.

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Tigers Add Casey At Low Cost

Jim Callis -

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.

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Cards Shore Up Second With Belliard

Jim Callis -

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

Jim Callis -

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

Jim Callis -

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.

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Nationals Trade Stanton Again

Jim Callis -

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.

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Rangers Win Lee Sweepstakes

Jim Callis -

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.

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Mariners Reunite Platoon Partners

Jim Callis -

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

Jim Callis -

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.

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