Majors: Trade Central: 2012

For any trade involving a major leaguer or a Prospect Handbook-caliber minor leaguer, we summarize the players' strengths, weaknesses and possible future roles. We slant our analysis toward the young players and prospects involved, letting the veterans' track records do most of the talking.

Any player who is designated for assignment, and thus removed from his club's 40-man roster, is not considered for Trade Central because the resulting trade is not a pure talent-for-talent exchange. Teams have much less leverage in such trades.

 Dec. 26 • Pirates Flip Closer Hanrahan To Red Sox
Red Sox Pirates
Acquire:
RHP Joel Hanrahan, Pittsburgh
SS Brock Holt, Pittsburgh
Acquire:
RHP Mark Melancon, Boston
RHP Stolmy Pimentel, Portland (AA)
OF/1B Jerry Sands, Albuquerque (AAA)
2B Ivan De Jesus Jr., Boston


 Dec. 19 • AL West Rivals Swap Veterans
Mariners Angels
Acquire:
1B Kendrys Morales, Los Angeles (AL)
Acquire:
LHP Jason Vargas, Seattle


 Dec. 19 • Astros-Dodgers Swap Minor League Arms
Astros Dodgers
Acquire:
RHP John Ely, Los Angeles (NL)
Acquire:
LHP Rob Rasmussen, Corpus Christi (AA)


 Dec. 18 • Athletics Swap Cowgill To Mets
Mets Athletics
Acquire:
OF Collin Cowgill, Oakland
Acquire:
3B Jefry Marte, Binghamton (AA)


 Dec. 17 • Blue Jays Acquire Cy Young Award Winner From Mets
Blue Jays Mets
Acquire:
RHP R.A. Dickey, New York
C Josh Thole, New York
C Mike Nickeas, New York
Acquire:
C Travis d'Arnaud, Las Vegas (AAA)
RHP Noah Syndergaard, Lansing (Lo A)
C John Buck, Toronto
OF Wuilmer Becerra, GCL Blue Jays (R)


 Dec. 12 • Dodgers Add More Utility In Trade For Schumaker
Dodgers Cardinals
Acquire:
2B/OF Skip Schumaker, St. Louis
Acquire:
SS Jake Lemmerman, Chattanooga (AA)


 Dec. 11 • Indians Acquire Trevor Bauer In Three-Team Deal
Reds Indians Diamondbacks
Acquire:
OF Shin-Soo Choo,
Cleveland
SS Jason Donald,
Cleveland
Acquire:
RHP Trevor Bauer,
Reno (AAA)
OF Drew Stubbs,
Cincinnati
RHP Matt Albers,
Arizona
RHP Bryan Shaw,
Arizona
Acquire:
SS Didi Gregorius,
Cincinnati
LHP Tony Sipp,
Cleveland
1B Lars Anderson,
Columbus (AAA)


 Dec. 10 • Royals Deal Minor League POY To Rays For Shields
Royals Rays
Acquire:
RHP James Shields, Tampa Bay
RHP Wade Davis, Tampa Bay
SS Elliot Johnson, Tampa Bay
Acquire:
OF Wil Myers, Omaha (AAA)
RHP Jake Odorizzi, Kansas City
LHP Mike Montgomery, Omaha (AAA)
3B Patrick Leonard, Burlington (R)


 Dec. 8 • Phillies Acquire Michael Young From Rangers
Phillies Rangers
Acquire:
1B/3B Michael Young, Texas
Acquire:
RHP Josh Lindblom, Philadelphia
RHP Lisalverto Bonilla, Reading (AA)


 Dec. 6 • Twins Snag Two Pitchers By Trading Revere To Phils
Phillies Twins
Acquire:
OF Ben Revere, Minnesota
Acquire:
RHP Vance Worley, Philadelphia
RHP Trevor May, Reading (AA)


 Dec. 5 • Tigers Flip Oliver To Pirates For Catching Prospect
Pirates Tigers
Acquire:
LHP Andy Oliver, Toledo (AAA)
Acquire:
C Ramon Cabrera, Indianapolis (AAA)


 Dec. 4 • Rays Acquire Shortstop Yunel Escobar From Marlins
Rays Marlins
Acquire:
SS Yunel Escobar, Miami
Acquire:
SS/2B Derek Dietrich, Montgomery (AA)


 Dec. 4 • Astros Deal Wilton Lopez To Rockies For Young Arms
Rockies Astros
Acquire:
RHP Wilton Lopez, Houston
palyer to be named
Acquire:
RHP Alex White, Colorado
RHP Alex Gillingham, Asheville (Lo A)


 Dec. 1 • Arb-Eligible Badenhop On The Move Again
Brewers Rays
Acquire:
RHP Burke Badenhop, Tampa Bay
Acquire:
OF Raul Mondesi Jr., Helena (R)


 Nov. 30 • Pirates Trade Arb-Eligible Resop To A's
Athletics Pirates
Acquire:
RHP Chris Resop, Pittsburgh
Acquire:
RHP Zach Thornton, Stockton (Hi A)


 Nov. 30 • Angels Give Up Walden To Get Hanson From Braves
Angels Braves
Acquire:
RHP Tommy Hanson, Atlanta
Acquire:
RHP Jordan Walden, Los Angeles (AL)


 Nov. 29 • Nationals Get Their Man In Span
Nationals Twins
Acquire:
OF Denard Span, Minnesota
Acquire:
RHP Alex Meyer, Potomac (Hi A)


 Nov. 20 • D-backs Surrender Ryan Wheeler For Bullpen Lefty
Diamondbacks Rockies
Acquire:
LHP Matt Reynolds, Colorado
Acquire:
3B Ryan Wheeler, Arizona


 Nov. 20 • Rangers Agree To Trade Do-Over With Cubs
Cubs Rangers
Acquire:
RHP Barret Loux, Frisco (AA)
Acquire:
RHP Jake Brigham, Tennessee (AA)
player to be named


 Nov. 20 • Mariners Add Infield Depth With Trade For Andino
Mariners Orioles
Acquire:
2B Robert Andino, Baltimore
Acquire:
OF Trayvon Robinson, Seattle


 Nov. 19 • Marlins Sell Off Five Vets In 12-Player Trade With Jays
Blue Jays Marlins
Acquire:
RHP Josh Johnson, Miami
LHP Mark Buehrle, Miami
SS Jose Reyes, Miami
C John Buck, Miami
OF/2B Emilio Bonifacio, Miami
Acquire:
SS Yunel Escobar, Toronto
RHP Henderson Alvarez, Toronto
C Jeff Mathis, Toronto
SS Adeiny Hechavarria, Toronto
OF Jake Marisnick, New Hamp. (AA)
LHP Justin Nicolino, Lansing (Lo A)
RHP Anthony DeSclafani, Lansing (Lo A)


 Nov. 16 • Padres Clear 40-Man Space In Minor Trade With A's
Padres Athletics
Acquire:
RHP Tyson Ross, Oakland
1B A.J. Kirby-Jones, Stockton (Hi A)
Acquire:
LHP Andrew Werner, San Diego
SS/2B Andy Parrino, San Diego


 Nov. 3 • Blue Jays Deal Aviles To Add Another Reliever
Blue Jays Indians
Acquire:
RHP Esmil Rogers, Cleveland
Acquire:
SS Mike Aviles, Toronto
C/3B Yan Gomes, Toronto


 Oct. 31 • A Nice Start: Royals Acquire Santana From Angels
Royals Angels
Acquire:
RHP Ervin Santana, Los Angeles (AL)
Acquire:
LHP Brandon Sisk, Omaha (AAA)


 Oct. 21 • Farrell Will Manage Red Sox; Blue Jays Acquire Aviles
Red Sox Blue Jays
Acquire:
MGR John Farrell, Toronto
RHP David Carpenter, Toronto
Acquire:
SS Mike Aviles, Boston


 Oct. 20 • Three-Team Deal Lands Bell, Pennington In Phoenix
Diamondbacks Athletics Marlins
Acquire:
RHP Heath Bell,
Miami
SS/2B Cliff Pennington,
Oakland
Acquire:
OF Chris Young,
Arizona
Acquire:
SS Yordy Cabrera,
Stockton (Hi A)


 Aug. 25 • Dodgers Get Gonzo In Nine-Player Deal With Red Sox
Dodgers Red Sox
Acquire:
1B Adrian Gonzalez, Boston
OF Carl Crawford, Boston (DL)
RHP Josh Beckett, Boston
2B/3B Nick Punto, Boston
Acquire:
1B James Loney, Los Angeles (NL)
RHP Rubby de la Rosa, Los Angeles (NL)
RHP Allen Webster, Chattanooga (AA)
1B/OF Jerry Sands, Albuquerque (AAA)
2B Ivan De Jesus Jr., Albuquerque (AAA)


 Aug. 21 • D-backs Ship Stephen Drew To Athletics
Athletics Diamondbacks
Acquire:
SS Stephen Drew, Arizona
Acquire:
SS Sean Jamieson, Burlington (Lo A)


 Aug. 14 • Red Sox Acquire Beato In Trade With Mets
Mets Red Sox
Acquire:
C Kelly Shoppach, Boston
Acquire:
RHP Pedro Beato, Buffalo (AAA)


 Aug. 5 • Red Sox Trade For Twins Third Baseman Valencia
Red Sox Twins
Acquire:
3B Danny Valencia, Minnesota
Acquire:
OF Jeremias Pineda, GCL Red Sox (R)


 Aug. 5 • Trade For Baker Gives Tigers Righty Bat Off Bench
Tigers Cubs
Acquire:
1B/RF Jeff Baker, Chicago (NL)
Acquire:
RHP Marcelo Carreno, W. Michigan (Lo A)
cash considerations


 Aug. 3 • First August Waiver Trade Sends Suzuki To Nationals
Nationals Athletics
Acquire:
C Kurt Suzuki, Oakland
Acquire:
C David Freitas, Potomac (Hi A)


 Aug. 3 • Dodgers Deal For Blanton To Fill Rotation Opening
Dodgers Phillies
Acquire:
RHP Joe Blanton, Philadelphia
Acquire:
RHP Ryan O'Sullivan,
R. Cucamonga (Hi A)


 July 31 • Rangers Add Dempster Right Before Deadline Buzzer
Rangers Cubs
Acquire:
RHP Ryan Dempster, Chicago (NL)
Acquire:
3B Christian Villanueva,
Myrtle Beach (Hi A)
RHP Kyle Hendricks, Myrtle Beach (Hi A)


 July 31 • Red Sox Flip Anderson To Indians For Wright
Indians Red Sox
Acquire:
1B Lars Anderson, Pawtucket (AAA)
Acquire:
RHP Steve Wright, Akron (AA)


 July 31 • Reds Add Broxton To Hard-Throwing Bullpen Mix
Reds Royals
Acquire:
RHP Jonathan Broxton, Kansas City
Acquire:
RHP Juan Carlos Sulbaran,
Pensacola (AA)
LHP Donnie Joseph, Louisville (AAA)


 July 31 • Pirates Sacrifice Hernandez To Add Another Bat
Pirates Marlins
Acquire:
1B Gaby Sanchez, New Orleans (AAA)
RHP Kyle Kaminska, Jacksonville (AA)
Acquire:
OF Gorkys Hernandez, Indianapolis (AAA)
supplemental first-round pick in 2013


 July 31 • Cardinals Deal 2010 First-Rounder For Bullpen Help
Cardinals Marlins
Acquire:
RHP Edward Mujica, Miami
Acquire:
3B Zack Cox, Memphis (AAA)


 July 31 • Phillies Deal Another Outfielder, Send Pence To Giants
Giants Phillies
Acquire:
OF Hunter Pence, Philadelphia
Acquire:
C Tommy Joseph, Richmond (AA)
OF Nate Schierholtz, San Francisco
RHP Seth Rosin, San Jose (Hi A)


 July 31 • Dodgers Add Victorino As Phillies Begin Dealing
Dodgers Phillies
Acquire:
OF Shane Victorino, Philadelphia
Acquire:
RHP Ethan Martin, Chattanooga (AA)
RHP Josh Lindblom, Los Angeles (NL)
2B Stefan Jarrin, AZL Dodgers (R)


 July 31 • Dodgers Bolster Bullpen With League
Dodgers Mariners
Acquire:
RHP Brandon League, Seattle
Acquire:
OF Leon Landry, R. Cucamonga (Hi A)
RHP Logan Bawcom, Chattanooga (AA)


 July 31 • Blue Jays Trade For Fifth Pitcher In July
Mariners Blue Jays
Acquire:
OF Eric Thames, Las Vegas (AAA)
Acquire:
RHP Steve Delabar, Seattle


 July 31 • Blue Jays, Pirates Exchange 2006 First-Rounders
Pirates Blue Jays
Acquire:
OF Travis Snider, Toronto
Acquire:
RHP Brad Lincoln, Pittsburgh


 July 30 • Braves Add Depth In Deadline Deal With Cubs
Braves Cubs
Acquire:
OF Reed Johnson, Chicago (NL)
LHP Paul Maholm, Chicago (NL)
Acquire:
RHP Arodys Vizcaino, DNP—Injured
RHP Jaye Chapman, Gwinnett (AAA)


 July 30 • Rangers Add Catcher Soto From Cubs
Rangers Cubs
Acquire:
C Geovany Soto, Chicago (NL)
Acquire:
RHP Jake Brigham, Frisco (AA)
player to be named or cash


 July 29 • Astros Continue Selling, Deal Johnson To D-backs
Diamondbacks Astros
Acquire:
3B Chris Johnson, Houston
Acquire:
OF Bobby Borchering, Mobile (AA)
OF Marc Krauss, Mobile (AA)


 July 28 • Active White Sox Acquire Liriano From Twins
White Sox Twins
Acquire:
LHP Francisco Liriano, Minnesota
Acquire:
SS Eduardo Escobar, Chicago (AL)
LHP Pedro Hernandez, Charlotte (AAA)


 July 27 • Giants Bolster Infield Corps With Scutaro
Giants Rockies
Acquire:
2B/SS Marco Scutaro, Colorado
Acquire:
2B Charlie Culberson, Fresno (AAA)


 July 27 • Brewers Trade Greinke To Angels For Top Prospects
Angels Brewers
Acquire:
RHP Zack Greinke, Milwaukee
Acquire:
SS Jean Segura, Los Angeles (AL)
RHP Johnny Hellweg, Arkansas (AA)
RHP Ariel Pena, Arkansas (AA)


 July 25 • Marlins Trade Ramirez To Dodgers In Surprise Move
Dodgers Marlins
Acquire:
3B Hanley Ramirez, Miami
LHP Randy Choate, Miami
Acquire:
RHP Nate Eovaldi, Los Angeles (NL)
RHP Scott McGough, R. Cucamonga (Hi A)


 July 25 • Rays Deal Bortnick To D-backs For Roberts
Rays Diamondbacks
Acquire:
3B Ryan Roberts, Arizona
Acquire:
2B Tyler Bortnick, Montgomery (AA)


 July 24 • Pirates Acquire Wandy Rodriguez From Astros
Pirates Astros
Acquire:
LHP Wandy Rodriguez, Houston
Acquire:
OF Robbie Grossman, Altoona (AA)
LHP Rudy Owens, Indianapolis (AAA)
LHP Colton Cain, Bradenton (Hi A)


 July 23 • Tigers Deal Top Prospects To Make Critical Upgrades
Tigers Marlins
Acquire:
RHP Anibal Sanchez, Miami
2B Omar Infante, Miami
supplemental first-round pick in 2013
Acquire:
RHP Jacob Turner, Detroit
C Rob Brantly, Toledo (AAA)
LHP Brian Flynn, Erie (AA)
supplemental second-round pick in 2013


 July 23 • Mariners Deal Ichiro To Yankees For Pair Of Relievers
Yankees Mariners
Acquire:
OF Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle
Acquire:
RHP D.J. Mitchell, Scranton (AAA)
RHP Danny Farquhar, Scranton (AAA)


 July 21 • White Sox Acquire Myers As Astros Continue To Sell
White Sox Astros
Acquire:
RHP Brett Myers, Houston
Acquire:
RHP Matt Heidenreich, Birmingham (AA)
LHP Blair Walters, Winston-Salem (Hi A)
RHP Chris Devenski, Kannapolis (Lo A)


 July 20 • Astros Ship Arms To Blue Jays In 10-Player Deal
Blue Jays Astros
Acquire:
RHP Brandon Lyon, Houston
LHP J.A. Happ, Houston
RHP David Carpenter, Okla. City (AAA)
Acquire:
RHP Francisco Cordero, Toronto
OF Ben Francisco, Toronto
C Carlos Perez, Lansing (Lo A)
RHP Asher Wojciechowski,
Dunedin (Hi A)
RHP Joe Musgrove, Bluefield (Appy)
LHP David Rollins, Lansing (Lo A)
RHP Kevin Comer, Bluefield (Appy)


 July 14 • Short On Shortstops, Braves Trade For Janish
Braves Reds
Acquire:
SS Paul Janish, Louisville (AAA)
Acquire:
RHP Todd Redmond, Gwinnett (AAA)


 July 5 • Marlins Deal Two Prospects To Astros For Carlos Lee
Marlins Astros
Acquire:
1B Carlos Lee, Houston
Acquire:
3B Matt Dominguez, New Orleans (AAA)
LHP Rob Rasmussen, Jupiter (Hi A)


 June 30 • Orioles Acquire Full-Time DH Thome From Phillies
Orioles Phillies
Acquire:
1B Jim Thome, Philadelphia
Acquire:
RHP Kyle Simon, Frederick (Hi A)
C Gabriel Lino, Delmarva (Lo A)


 June 24 • Red Sox Deal Youkilis To White Sox For Big League Pair
White Sox Red Sox
Acquire:
3B Kevin Youkilis, Boston
Acquire:
RHP Zach Stewart, Chicago (AL)
3B/OF Brent Lillibridge, Chicago (AL)


 May 3 • Angels Find Relief In Form Of Padres' Frieri
Angels Padres
Acquire:
RHP Ernesto Frieri, San Diego
Acquire:
2B Alexi Amarista, Salt Lake (AAA)
RHP Donn Roach, Inland Empire (Hi A)


 April 21 • Down Two Center Fielders, Red Sox Deal For Byrd
Red Sox Cubs
Acquire:
OF Marlon Byrd, Chicago (NL)
Acquire:
RHP Michael Bowden, Boston
LHP Hunter Cervenka, Greenville (Lo A)


 April 21 • Orioles Acquire Belfiore From D-backs As PTBN For Bell
Diamondbacks Orioles
Acquire:
3B Josh Bell, Norfolk (AAA)
Acquire:
LHP Mike Belfiore, Visalia (Hi A)


 April 4 • Giants Deal Catching Surplus To Yankees
Yankees Giants
Acquire:
C Chris Stewart, San Francisco
Acquire:
RHP George Kontos, New York (AL)


 April 1 • Reds Deal Out-Of-Options Francisco To Braves
Braves Reds
Acquire:
3B Juan Francisco, Cincinnati
Acquire:
RHP J.J. Hoover, Gwinnett (AAA)


 March 31 • D-backs Retain Rule 5 Pick In Trade With Pirates
Diamondbacks Pirates
Acquire:
RHP Brett Lorin, Bradenton (Hi A)
Acquire:
RHP Robby Rowland, Missoula (R)


 March 20 • Royals Deal Prospect Lefty For Big League Depth
Royals Astros
Acquire:
C Humberto Quintero, Houston
OF Jason Bourgeois, Houston
Acquire:
LHP Kevin Chapman, NW Arkansas (AA)
OF D'Andre Toney, AZL Royals (R)


 Feb. 21 • Cubs, Red Sox Settle On Compensation For Epstein
Cubs Red Sox
Acquire:
GM Theo Epstein
1B Jair Bogaerts, DSL Red Sox (R)
Acquire:
RHP Chris Carpenter, Iowa (AAA)
RHP Aaron Kurcz, Daytona (Hi A)


 Feb. 17 • Yankees Unload Burnett, But At A Cost
Pirates Yankees
Acquire:
RHP A.J. Burnett, New York (AL)
Acquire:
RHP Diego Moreno, Bradenton (Hi A)
OF Exicardo Cayones, GCL Pirates (R)


 Feb. 6 • Rockies Continue Overhaul With Guthrie Acquisition
Rockies Orioles
Acquire:
RHP Jeremy Guthrie, Baltimore
Acquire:
RHP Jason Hammel, Colorado
RHP Matt Lindstrom, Colorado


 Jan. 25 • Phils Deal Valdez To Reds For Roster Flexibility
Reds Phillies
Acquire:
2B/SS Wilson Valdez, Philadelphia
Acquire:
LHP Jeremy Horst, Cincinnati


 Jan. 21 • Red Sox Pare Payroll, Deal Scutaro To Rockies
Rockies Red Sox
Acquire:
SS Marco Scutaro, Boston
Acquire:
RHP Clayton Mortensen,
Colo. Springs (AAA)


 Jan. 20 • Indians Acquire Slowey To Fill In For Carmona
Indians Rockies
Acquire:
RHP Kevin Slowey, Minnesota
Acquire:
RHP Zach Putnam, Cleveland


 Jan. 16 • A's Deal Two Arms To Rockies For Seth Smith
Athletics Rockies
Acquire:
OF Seth Smith, Colorado
Acquire:
LHP Josh Outman, Oakland
RHP Guillermo Moscoso, Oakland


 Jan. 13 • Yankees Use Montero To Acquire Pineda From M's
Yankees Mariners
Acquire:
RHP Michael Pineda, Seattle
RHP Jose Campos, Everett (SS)
Acquire:
C Jesus Montero, New York (AL)
RHP Hector Noesi, New York (AL)


 Jan. 6 • Cubs, Padres Swap Cashner For Rizzo
Cubs Padres
Acquire:
1B Anthony Rizzo, San Diego
RHP Zach Cates, Fort Wayne (Lo A)
Acquire:
RHP Andrew Cashner, Chicago (NL)
OF Kyung-Min Na, Boise (SS)


 Jan. 5 • Cubs Ship Zambrano To Miami For Volstad
Marlins Cubs
Acquire:
RHP Carlos Zambrano, Chicago (NL)
Acquire:
RHP Chris Volstad, Florida


 Jan. 1 • Blue Jays Reacquire Frasor In Year's First Trade
Blue Jays White Sox
Acquire:
RHP Jason Frasor, Chicago (AL)
Acquire:
RHP Myles Jaye, Bluefield (R)
RHP Daniel Webb, Lansing (Lo A)






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