The Deal: The Dodgers pulled arguably the biggest midseason deal in team history right at the Deadline, acquiring future Hall of Fame slugger Manny Ramirez from the Red Sox in a three-way deal that also saw Pittsburgh's Jason Bay head to Boston. The Pirates received two prospects from each team, including reliever Craig Hansen and third baseman Andy LaRoche.
The Deal: The Junior Era in Cincinnati had its individual moments (see: 500th and 600th homers) but never really even approached the team success anyone hoped. Sent off in his walk year with his approval for a reliever and a Minor League infielder, Griffey goes to Chicago with his first trip to October since 1997 on his mind. GM Kenny Williams thought he had Griffey a few years ago, and now he finally reeled in the big bopper -- though that's not exactly an area of need for the White Sox. But if the crowded lineup creates enough power to propel them into October, it'll be worth it.
The Deal: The acquisition of Rhodes certainly makes sense for a team in playoff contention like the Marlins. The veteran lefty has been there before, and he'll give what he's given in the past. The Mariners, meanwhile, are desperate for good, young arms at the top of the organization, and Hernandez fills that need. After making a run at the Marlins rotation in the spring, the 22-year-old was demoted to Double-A this year but could wind up in the Seattle rotation in 2009.
The Deal: In need of a starting catcher since Jorge Posada decided to undergo season-ending surgery on his throwing shoulder, the Yankees pick up a 13-time Gold Glover and 14-time All-Star to work behind the plate the rest of the season. The Yankees' setup job had been increasingly filled by Jose Veras, and the addition of Damaso Marte gave them two pitchers to fill the role, making Farnsworth expendable. The right-hander, who was with the Tigers in 2005, will join a beleaguered Detroit bullpen.
The Deal: With the game's best record and a history of standing pat, the Angels figured to be quiet this summer. So much for that. They merely went out and acquired one of the game's top switch-hitting sluggers when they traded for Teixeira. Considering he might be a two-month rental -- although you have to figure that will get handled with Scott Boras a frequent fan at Angels games -- it's not without risk for the Angels. The Braves got a skilled batsman in Kotchman, whose power doesn't compare to Teixeira but the rest of his game isn't that far removed, and a Double-A reliever in Marek.
The Deal: The Dodgers wanted to find a bat to shore up the left side of the infield, and they got one. While Blake might not be the pick of the litter, his resume is an upgrade at third over the rookie tandem of Blake DeWitt and Andy LaRoche. Santana is the prize of the deal for the Indians, a switch-hitting slugger at Class A at age 22. Meloan is a Triple-A pitcher who might still help at age 24.
The Deal: Xavier Nady was enjoying the best season of his seven-year career with the Pirates, and he could fill the Yankees' need for a veteran right-handed bat in the lineup, as well as an additional outfield option. Marte will slot into the Yankees' bullpen, helping fill their vacancy for a reliable left-handed reliever after serving as the Pirates' closer for the better part of the month after an injury to Matt Capps.
The Deal: The D-backs have experienced enough difficulty at the end of ballgames lately that they aimed high in acquiring help, trading for Nationals closer Rauch. While Brandon Lyon will continue to close games, Rauch lends a veteran and steady hand to Arizona's setup duties. Meanwhile, the Nats get probably the best position player the D-backs had to offer in Bonifacio, a 23-year-old with speed who will need to prove he can hit at the Major League level.
The Deal: A veteran left-handed starter could have landed in a lot of places, but Randy Wolf landed in Houston, where GM Ed Wade knows him well from their days in Philadelphia together. What Wolf, who can be a free agent at season's end, can really do to help Houston this year is a reasonable question to ponder, given the Astros' standing in the NL Central and Wild Card races. Reineke, 26, is a 6-foot-6 starter who has been on the cusp this year and actually did get a callup but didn't get to pitch. He'll get a look in San Diego.
The Deal: Having bolstered their starting rotation with the addition of CC Sabathia, the Brewers added offensive stability to their infield with the acquisition of Durham, who left the Giants batting .293. In exchange, San Francisco added depth to its farm system with Ford, who had 48 steals in Class A, and Hammond, a 26-year-old lefty.
The Deal: The Phillies were searching for a front-line starter, and they may have one in Blanton -- or not. The jury's still out a bit on the right-handed workhorse. Blanton didn't embrace the ace role in Oakland this year with gusto, and now the A's have moved a third top starter since the end of last season. Cardenas was the Phillies' No. 2 prospect, according to Baseball America, and Outman No. 4.
The Deal: With the Padres out of contention and Clark not much of a factor for them anyway, the Diamondbacks reacquired the key veteran presence from last year's NL West champs. Clark's ability to mentor and deliver in the clutch will be of more use in Arizona than it was in his hometown of San Diego.
The Deal: The Cubs wasted no time answering division rival Milwaukee's acquisition of CC Sabathia, acquiring ace right-hander Rich Harden and fellow righty Chad Gaudin from the A's in exchange for four young players, including well-regarded catcher Josh Donaldson, slugger Matt Murton and righty Sean Gallagher.
The Deal: Sabathia will join Ben Sheets atop Milwaukee's rotation in a bid to end the franchise's 26-year postseason drought. That the Brewers have not played a postseason game since 1982 surely figured into the Brewers' decision to part with LaPorta, the Brewers' first-round Draft pick last year. With Ryan Garko struggling, its conceivable they might move LaPorta to first, though they could also use more run-production in the corner outfield spots.
The Deal: Nixon should see ample time in the outfield for the Mets, with Moises Alou out indefinitely with a strained left calf, and Ryan Church sidelined with continued post-concussion symptoms. There is no timetable for either player's return, and currently, the Mets were relying on a host of backups and recent callups to fill the void.
The Deal: In the absence of Rafael Furcal, the Dodgers moved to bolster their shortstop depth on Friday by trading for 2003 American League Rookie of the Year Award winner. Presumably, if Berroa regains his rookie form, he could become an alternative with Furcal eligible for free agency after this season.
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