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A few key moves went down before yesterday’s MLB trade deadline.San Diego didn’t move closer Heath Bell as many expected, but they were part of two pretty large deals.
Here are the biggest deals:
-The Boston Red Sox acquired left-handed pitcher Erik Bedard from the Seattle Mariners as part of a three-team deal that also involved the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Mariners and Dodger received large packages of minor league players. Bedard has been hurt for a large portion of the season, but has performed well when he’s healthy enough to take the mound. The Red Sox made this move after learning that Clay Buchholz will likely miss the remainder of the season due to a stress fracture in his back.
– Seattle starters Doug Fister and David Pauley are now Detroit Tigers. Outfielder Casper Wells, pitcher Charlie Furbush, and top-prospect third baseman Francisco Martinez are now Mariners as a result of the deal.
– Houston sent their two best outfielders to the NL East prior to the deadline. The Phillies received Hunter Pence in exchange for top prospects, pitcher Jarred Cosart and first basemen Jonathan Singleton. Pitcher Josh Zeid and a player to be named later were also sent to Houston.
– The Braves landed speedster Michael Bourn for a surprisingly little haul. Although Houston got four minor leaguers in the deal, none of them are considered to be prospects of the “Blue Chip” variety. The Bravos really helped themselves out with this one.
– San Diego did end up having a fire sale, but Heath Bell (shockingly) stayed put. The Padres did end up shipping off elite middle-reliever Mike Adams to the Texas Rangers. San Diego’s farm system added former Rangers’ pitching prospects Robert Erlin and Joe Wieland.
– The Padres also sent outfielder Ryan Ludwick to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Yeah, really. San Diego will receive cash considerations and a player to be named later. Pittsburgh also picked up first baseman Derrek Lee from the Baltimore Orioles.
– The Cleveland Indians made the most questionable move of the weekend when they acquired Rockies flamethrower Ubaldo Jimenez and shipped pitchers Alex White, Drew Pomeranz, Joseph Gardner, and 1B/OF Matt McBride to Colorado. Alex White, and Pomeranz have ace potential, while Jimenez has been inconsistent since his incredible 2010 first half. This deal could end up being a bust for Cleveland.
– The Cubs weren’t able to find anyone gullible enough to take on Alfonso Soriano’s contract, but they did find a way to get rid of outfielder Kosuke Fukudome. The Indians, who needed depth in the outfield, sent minor leaguers Carlton Smith and outfielder prospect Abner Abreu.
– The Cardinals picked up shortstop Rafael Furcal from the Dodgers in exchange for outfielder prospect Alex Castellanos.
– Oakland traded reliever extraordinaire Brad Ziegler to the playoff pushing Arizona Diamondbacks. The D-Backs parted ways with slugging minor leaguer Brandon Allen, and young pitcher Jordan Norberto.
– Last week, the San Francisco Giants completed a deal to acquire Carlos Beltran from the New York Mets. The Giants continued to add defensive help by adding Orlando Cabrera after a deal with the Indians in which they received 23-year-old outfielder Thomas Neal.
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