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trade deadline 2009
Countdown: Deadline passed
Notable Deals
July 31
Player to Red Sox
Players to Indians
The Deal: Boston lands a terrific switch-hitter, versatile player and solid clubhouse influence -- but not necessarily Jason Varitek's heir apparent behind plate. Martinez has increasingly been splitting his time at first, but that means he also provides added insurance for Mike Lowell's balky hip, freeing Kevin Youkilis to play across the diamond. Martinez is a near-.300 career hitter with comparable power from both sides. For all that, the Sox paid a steep price in a trio of former high-draft choices with high ceilings. Masterson (2nd round '06) has already made his big-league mark (9-8 in Boston, with a solid ERA), Price (1st round '08) has both closing and starting experience and Hagadone (1st round '07) is already pushing triple-digits on the radar in his comeback from Tommy John surgery.
More Coverage:  BOS | CLE
July 31
Player to White Sox
Players to Padres
The Deal: The Padres have been trying to deal Peavy and his $63 million guaranteed contract since last winter and the former Cy Young Award winner, because of a blanket no-trade clause, turned down a deal to the Pale Hose as recently as the end of May. He's been on the disabled list since June 13 with a strained tendon in his right foot and the big question is when he'll be ready to pitch in Chicago? In exchange, the Padres get four young pitchers to restock their system, including one -- Richard -- who has pitched 26 games (14 starts) for the Sox this season. The others have all toiled in the Minor Leagues.
More Coverage:  CWS | SD
July 31
Player to Twins
Players to A's
The Deal: The Twins upgraded the offensively challenged middle of their infield in a big way with Cabrera, who entered the last day of the month leading the AL with 41 hits in July. Cabrera could be the proverbial stretch-run rental -- due for free agency -- but the Twins will take it if his Deadline lightning strikes again as it did in 2004, when he replaced Nomar Garciaparra in Boston. As is his DNA, Oakland GM Billy Beane is again betting on the come; Ladendorf was a second-round Draft choice last summer still picking it in Class A.
More Coverage:  MIN | OAK
July 31
Player to Tigers
Players to Mariners
The Deal: The Tigers land a 12-year veteran in the midst of arguably his best season, with an ERA (2.64) nearly a run-and-a-half below his career mark. Already penciled into his Detroit debut start Tuesday, Washburn enhances a Justin Verlander-led rotation for the ongoing AL Central dogfight. Robles has flashed the potential in Class A to inherit Washburn's spot in the rotation in a year or two, and the hard-throwing French could be ready to helm immediately.
More Coverage:  DET | SEA
July 31
Player to Braves
Player to Red Sox
The Deal: Maybe that should be, "What's the deal?" In this exchange of first basemen, Atlanta regained an original Brave they'd drafted in 2000, while giving up a key guy they'd acquired in last year's deal of Mark Teixeira. In this game of musical first basemen, the Red Sox passed on LaRoche nine days after trading for him from the Pirates. Furthermore, both are similar left-handed hitters, with good extra-base, if only moderate long-ball, power. Can you say "Wash?"
More Coverage:  ATL | BOS
July 31
Player to Marlins
Player to Nationals
The Deal: The oft-injured Johnson gives the Marlins another left-handed bat as they make a run at the Phillies in the National League East or the NL's coveted Wild Card berth. Johnson, 30, batted .295 with six home runs, 44 RBIs and a .408 on-base percentage in 98 games this season for the Nationals, a team with the worst record in baseball (32-70). In Thompson, the Nationals get a former first-round pick (22nd overall in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft) as they try to build up the young arms in their system. Thompson is 5-9 with a 4.11 ERA in 20 starts this season with Jacksonville of the Double-A Southern League.
More Coverage:  FLA | WAS
July 31
Player to Rockies
Players to Nationals
The Deal: Beimel, the former Dodgers reliever, comes back to the National League West. The Rox may be too far gone to catch the Dodgers, but they are neck-and-neck with the Giants and six other teams in the Wild Card race. In his short Washington stay, Beimel, 32, was 1-5 with one save and a 3.40 ERA in 45 games. Like the deal with the Marlins that netted LHP Aaron Thompson for first baseman Nick Johnson, the Nationals get a couple of more young arms to build up their system, although one of them is recovering from surgery. Mattheus was 1-3 with a 3.81 ERA in 19 appearances for Colorado's top three affiliates this season before undergoing Tommy John ligament-replacement surgery in early July. Fabian was 3-6 with a 6.24 ERA in 24 games (12 starts) with Asheville of the Class A South Atlantic League.
More Coverage:  BOS | CLE
July 30
Player to Dodgers
Players to Orioles
The Deal: Sherrill, 32, had a 2.40 ERA and 20 saves in 42 games with the Orioles this year. An All-Star last year for the first time, he can serve as a set-up man, or share the closer role with Jonathan Broxton. For the Orioles, it represents the continued utility of the Erik Bedard trade. Sherrill was acquired before the 2008 season as part of a five-player haul for Bedard. The Orioles had been known to covet Bell, a third baseman who's hitting .296 with 11 home runs for Double-A Chattanooga.
More Coverage:  LAD | BAL
July 29
Players to Cubs
Players to Pirates
The Deal: Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said he had been in talks for a long time with Pirates GM Neal Huntington about Grabow. Sean Marshall was the only left-hander in the Cubs' pen, and has a 1.25 ERA in 29 games in relief. Hendry said they were concerned that Marshall would get worn out down the stretch, especially if he has to get warmed up, then sit. Grabow, 30, had a 3.42 ERA in 45 games for the Pirates, including 16 holds. It was the fourth trade in a little more than a week for the Pirates.
More Coverage:  CHC | PIT
July 29
Players to Giants
Players to Pirates
The Deal: The Giants were in desperate need of a second baseman after trying their luck with Emmanuel Burriss, Juan Uribe, Matt Downs and Eugenio Velez. In Sanchez, they got themselves a three-time All-Star who's in the midst of another rock-solid campaign. The Giants parted ways with one of their top pitching prospects in Alderson, who compiled a 6-1 record and a 3.47 ERA in 13 starts for Double-A Connecticut this season. In 72 2/3 innings, he had issued just 14 walks against 46 strikeouts, and he figures to join the Pirates rotation sometime in 2010.
More Coverage:  SF | PIT
July 29
Players to Phillies
Players to Indians
The Deal: The Phillies have been searching for starting pitching help for months. Lee, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, is 7-9 with a 3.14 ERA this season. He went 22-3 with a 2.54 ERA last season, after spending much of 2007 in the Minor Leagues. Knapp appears to be the key acquisition for the Tribe. He was the Phillies' second-round pick in last year's First-Year Player Draft, and he won't turn 19 until Aug. 31. Listed at 6-foot-5, 215 pounds, Knapp has an upper-90s fastball and a large frame.
More Coverage:  PHI | CLE
July 29
Players to Mariners
Players to Pirates
The Deal: Thought to be leaning toward being Trading Deadline sellers, the Mariners instead made a huge upgrade to the middle of their infield with the deft fielding Wilson, also a dangerous situational hitter, while Snell gets the change-of-scenery he wanted. The Bucs, meanwhile, get a sizable high-end package that could help turn around the franchise. Clement was the overall third pick in the 2005 Draft and has been itching for a chance to make his big-league mark. Pribanic and Lorin are both recent (2008) Draft choices having considerable success in the low minors. Cedeno could be a downgrade at short but, at only 26, the jury is still out on him.
More Coverage:  SEA | PIT
July 27
Player to Giants
Player to Indians
The Deal: The San Francisco offense gets a lift with Garko, whose .826 OPS as of the day of the deal leads everyone on the Giants except Pablo Sandoval. Garko is arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason and became expendable in Cleveland with Victor Martinez spending time at first base this season and top prospect Matt LaPorta playing the position in Triple-A. In Barnes, the Tribe adds a young pitching prospect who leads the California League in wins at the time of the deal.
More Coverage:  SF | CLE
July 24
Player to Cardinals
Players to A's
The Deal: The Cardinals get some serious protection in their lineup for Albert Pujols. Holliday, who despite being maligned much of the season, put up respectable numbers in his three-month AL detour. His 54 RBIs and .831 OPS are superior to anyone's in the Cards order after Pujols and Ryan Ludwick. The A's acquire three recent high Draft picks and high-end prospects, qualifying the deal as a typical Billy Beane maneuver. The topper is Wallace, a 2008 first-round Draft pick who'd already risen to Triple-A and instantly becomes prime insurance if Eric Chavez can't rebound from yet another back operation. Peterson, a second-round Draft choice in 2008, and Mortensen, the overall 36th pick in the 2007 Draft, fit in well with the A's stockpile of young prospects.
More Coverage:  STL | OAK
July 23
Player to Rockies
Player to Indians
The Deal: The Rockies get a much-needed late-inning arm now that Manuel Corpas will undergo surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow. Betancourt went 1-2 with a 3.52 ERA in 29 appearances for Cleveland this year and will likely fill Colorado's primary righty setup role. Meanwhile, the Tribe obtains Graham, a 6-foot-7 right-hander with a 93-mph fastball who went 7-4 with a 3.14 ERA in 16 starts at Single-A Modesto. Graham, who was learning a changeup over the winter, was a fifth-round Draft pick of the Rockies in 2007.
More Coverage:  COL | CLE
July 22
Player to Cardinals
Player to Red Sox
The Deal: Lugo offers additional depth for St. Louis, especially at shortstop, where the cupboard is currently all but bare behind starter Brendan Ryan. Plus he should help improve the club's offense against left-handed pitchers. With Boston already acquiring left-handed hitting first baseman in Adam LaRoche hours earlier, Duncan joins Triple-A Pawtucket.
More Coverage:  STL | BOS
July 22
Player to Red Sox
Players to Pirates
The Deal: The Red Sox made this deal strictly for depth. The addition of LaRoche means that third baseman Mike Lowell can rest his surgically repaired right hip more often. Kevin Youkilis, Boston's All-Star first baseman, can move to third on days Lowell doesn't play, creating a slot for LaRoche. LaRoche, who is earning $7.05 million this year and can be a first-time free agent after the season. The Pirates were not expected to make a strong attempt to re-sign him.
More Coverage:  BOS | PIT
July 19
Player to Brewers
Players to D-backs
The Deal: Able to play three infield positions, Lopez will help out the Brewers, who lost Rickie Weeks to an injury earlier in the season. Lopez has had a solid season after signing a one-year deal with the D-backs, batting .301 with six home runs, 25 RBIs and six stolen bases in 85 games while remaining among the National League leaders with a .372 on-base-percentage. In return, they get two promising prospects, Triple-A outfielder Cole Gillespie and Class A reliever Roque Mercedes.
More Coverage:  MIL | ARI
July 19
Player to Orioles
Player to Padres
IF Oscar Salazar
Cash considerations
The Deal: In trading for Cla Meredith, they hope that the submarining righty can regain his top form of 2006, when he held opponents to a .170 average while going 5-1 with a 1.07 ERA. As it stands, Meredith has gone 4-2 with a 4.17 ERA this season. In return, the Padres get some infield depth with the acquisition of Oscar Salazar, who was tied for the AL lead with four pinch-hits. Salazar will help fill in for the injured David Eckstein and Edgar Gonzalez.
More Coverage:  BAL | SD
July 11
Player to Mariners
Player to A's
The Deal: With Adrian Beltre out until mid-August or later, the Mariners added insurance in the form of Hannahan, who won't provide much in the way of batting average but is respected for his defense at the hot corner and his clubhouse presence. Joining the A's stable of pitching prospects is the right-handed Souza, a 23-year-old California native taken in the ninth round of the 2006 Draft who had a 3.35 ERA across 20 games (14 starts) at Double-A at the time of the trade.
More Coverage:  SEA | OAK
July 10
Player to Mets
Players to Braves
OF Ryan Church
Cash considerations
The Deal: In parting with Church, the Mets pried a former NL Gold Glove Award winner with a feared arm from one of their division rivals, securing a right fielder who will be under their control through 2011. The hope is that a change of scenery will transform Francoeur from the swing-first batter he has become into the power threat he was as a rookie in 2005. The Braves hope Church can hit like he did in April and May 2008, before a concussion effectively ruined his season.
More Coverage:  NYM | ATL
July 7
Player to White Sox
Player to D-backs
The Deal: Pena likely will be used as insurance behind White Sox relievers Octavio Dotel and Scott Linebrink, giving the team another late-inning right-hander. During Pena's Major League career, right-handed hitters are batting .224 against him. He ranks fourth among all Major League relievers with 61 holds since 2007. Allen, a 23-year-old left-handed hitter, was hitting .282 with eight home runs, 16 doubles and 43 RBIs in 62 combined games with Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte.
More Coverage:  CWS | ARI
July 5
Player to A's
Players to Padres
RHP Ryan Webb
RHP Craig Italiano
Player to be named
The Deal: Able to play any of the three outfield positions, Hairston may be asked to help out in right, where Travis Buck spent the first week of July after being recalled from Triple-A Sacramento. Beyond that, Hairston -- slugging .533 at the time of the deal -- would be adequate for any team off the bench, and he may be needed in left if the A's part with Matt Holliday. Headed to the Padres are "two big arms," according to GM Kevin Towers, with Italiano capable of throwing 96 mph.
More Coverage:  OAK | SD
June 30
Player to Yankees
Players to Pirates
The Deal: Hinske could help fill a variety of roles for the Yankees, including playing all three outfield positions as well as backing up third baseman Alex Rodriguez and first baseman Mark Teixeira. It was a void that the Yankees were hoping to fill with Xavier Nady, who may require season-ending surgery on his right elbow. The two young pitchers acquired by the Bucs will be assigned to Class A.
More Coverage:  NYY | PIT
June 30
Players to Nationals
Players to Pirates
The Deal: The Nats are turning to Morgan to help improve their outfield defense and add some speed to the top of the order, while Burnett helps bring some youth to the bullpen. In Hanrahan -- who lost the closer's job in Washington earlier in the season -- and Milledge, a one-time first-round Draft pick of the Mets, the Pirates get a pair of players with intruiging upside.
More Coverage:  WAS | PIT
June 27
Player to Cardinals
Players to Indians
RHP Chris Perez
Player to be named later
The Deal: The versatile DeRosa will primarily serve as third baseman, and he also adds significant right-handed depth to a lineup that has had a very hard time against left-handed pitching. For the Tribe, unlike other hired hands brought in over the course of this season from outside the organization, Perez is a younger arm with upside, not an experienced guy trying to find his old form. The one-time Cards closing candidate will be under Indians control through 2014.
More Coverage:  STL | CLE
June 3
Player to Braves
Players to Pirates
The Deal: All-Star and Gold Glover McLouth provides the Braves a significant upgrade to a center field that has provided minimal production, primarily due to the rookie struggles of Jordan Schafer, and gives Atlanta stability at the position through at least 2011. The immediate impact of this deal likely won't be seen in Pittsburgh right away, although Morton has already stepped into the Bucs' rotation. Baseball America ranked the other two players among the Braves' top 10 prospects.
More Coverage:  ATL | PIT
on the block
1B, Adam Dunn, WAS
Last year, Dunn was dealt from the Reds to the D-backs after the Trade Deadline in August, and it's possible the slugger could be moved in a waiver deal again. The Nationals are well out of the race and may want to recoup some of the cost of the two-year, $20 million deal they signed him to before this season.

LHP, Doug Davis, ARI
Set to become a free agent following this season, the veteran southpaw has pitched well all season and would be an attractive option for a rental down the stretch.

LHP, Erik Bedard, SEA
Bedard was placed on the disabled list days before the Trade Deadline. But he could find himself moved in a waiver deal as the Mariners might look to find a return with the southpaw eligible for free agency this offseason.

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fantasy fallout
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