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trade deadline 2007
Countdown: Deadline passed
Notable Deals
July 31
Player to Dodgers
Player to Yankees
The Deal: The oft-used Proctor, who led the American League with 83 appearances last year but had faltered of late, will bolster a Dodgers bullpen that has dealt with numerous injuries and setbacks, while the Yankees envision using Betemit's versatility to help what was one of their weaker benches in recent years. The Yankees see Betemit at all four infield positions and feel he can help spell Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter with reduced offensive dropoff. Proctor will be returing to his original organization.
More Coverage:  LA | NYY
July 31
Players to Padres
Players to Astros
Player to be named
The Deal: The Padres think that there is still ife in Ensberg's bat, which is why they traded for him even though the think very highly of rookie Kevin Kouzmanoff. It's unclear initially how much playing time Ensberg will get at the hot corner, as he's not much better at hitting right-handed pitching than Kouzmanoff is. The Padres think that they need more offense over the final two months of the season and adding Ensberg and veteran utilityman Rob Mackowiak could be the moves to help them toward that end.
More Coverage:  SD | HOU
July 31
Player to Padres
Player to White Sox
The Deal: The Padres have wanted to upgrade their bench and believe Mackowiak -- who can play first base, third base, second base and the outfield -- is the right player for the job. That he is a left-handed hitter is a bonus. Mackowiak will likely see most of his playing time in the outfield where the Padres parted ways with Russell Branyan last week. In the NL, where the bench is utilized more, Mackowiak could make a significant impact over the final two months of the season. Link, 23, was 2-1 with 13 saves and a 3.07 ERA at Single-A Lake Elsinore.
More Coverage:  SD
July 31
Player to Pirates
Players to Giants
The Deal: The Pirates are hopeful that the acquisition of Matt Morris will provide a stabilizing veteran arm in a young rotation. Morris will be counted on to fill a hole in the back end of the rotation and serve as a mentor on a young staff. While Morris had notable success for the Cardinals early in his career, that success has leveled off since he joined the Giants last year. The Bucs only parted with backup center fielder Rajai Davis and a PTBNL, though the club will be paying a hefty price financially with Morris set to make $9.5 million next year.
More Coverage:  PIT | SF
July 30
Player to Mets
Players to Twins
The Deal: Luis Castillo gives the Mets exactly what they wanted -- a second baseman who makes his living as a defensive whiz, who can team with Jose Reyes to create one of the better double-play tandems in the league. He doesn't hit for power, but he does get on base, and should see plenty of pitches to slap while sandwiched between Reyes and Carlos Beltran in the Mets lineup. The Twins receive two Minor Leaguers in return, neither of whom should make the Majors anytime soon, while the Mets spared all of their top prospects in the deal.
More Coverage:  NYM | MIN
July 30
Player to Phillies
Player to Reds
The Deal: The addition of Kyle Lohse adds another veteran to a rotation that is missing projected starters Freddy Garcia and Jon Lieber (out with injuries) and Brett Myers (moved to the bullpen). Lohse has pitched at least six innings in 15 of his last 21 starts and has postseason experience with the Twins. Maloney was a third-round selection in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft and was 9-7 with a 3.94 ERA in 21 starts for Double-A Reading this year.
More Coverage:  PHI | CIN
July 28
Player to Astros
Player to Rays
The Deal: The Astros, who have struggled at third base much of the season with Morgan Ensberg (52 starts), Mike Lamb (35) and Mark Loretta (17) sharing the duties, swung a deal to fix that problem -- but it came at a price. "They say that all trades hurt in one way or another. And this one hurt," Astros general manager Tim Purpura said. "But it looks like it will be very positive for us."
More Coverage:  HOU  |   TB
July 27
Player to Indians
Players to Rangers
The Deal: With All-Star Grady Sizemore already manning center field, it’s expected that the 40-year-old Kenny Lofton will be moved to left field. The Indians will assume what remains of his one-year, $6 million contract. Ramirez was the player acquired by the Tribe in last summer's trade that sent Bob Wickman to the Braves. He was a participant in the All-Star Futures Game this summer at AT&T Park.
More Coverage:  CLE  |   TEX
July 27
Player to Padres
Players to D-backs
The Deal: The Padres needed bench help and think the addition of the 27-year-old Hairston -- who was once one of Arizona's top prospects -- can give them some right-handed pop off the bench, something they current lack. Hairston can play all three outfield positions and has a career .270 average against left-handed pitchers. Hairston is a career .238 hitter and has 16 home runs in 550 at-bats. Rosales doesn't figure in Arizona's current plans, as he's still recovering from a broken bone in his right hand that he suffered in June.
More Coverage:  ARI  |   SD
July 27
Player to Phillies
Player to White Sox
RHP Michael Dubee
The Deal: The Philies landed Iguchi from the White Sox for minor-league right-hander Dubee in hopes that the veteran will help fill the void left by the injury to star second baseman Chase Utley, who underwent surgery earlier in the day and could miss from three to six weeks. Of the potential second base acquisitions -- Mark Loretta Mark Grudzielanek to name two -- the Phillies viewed Iguchi as the most attractive.
More Coverage:  PHI  |   CWS
July 25
Player to Brewers
Players to Padres
The Deal: They had to part with three valuable pitching prospects to do it, but the Brewers accomplished their primary trade deadline goal by adding an experienced arm to a bullpen that already ranked seventh best in the NL in terms of ERA. It gave manager Ned Yost six relievers to choose from with at least 40 appearances and sub-4.00 ERAs at the time of the deal: closer Francisco Cordero, Linebrink, Brian Shouse, Derrick Turnbow, Carlos Villanueva and Matt Wise, turning a relative strength into a definite one.
More Coverage:  MIL  |   SD
July 19
Player to Pirates
Player to Cubs
Player to be named
The Deal: Izturis gives the Pirates more experienced infield depth with their third baseman on the disabled list and the team’s shortstop being shopped around as the July 31 trade deadline approaches. Izturis lost his starting job to Ryan Theriot mid-season, as the shortstop put up a modest .246 average in 60 games played. But the former Gold Glove winner and All-Star will now be reunited with his former manager, Jim Tracy, and will give the Pirates a suitable replacement at short if the team is able to deal Jack Wilson and his hefty contract.
More Coverage:  PIT  |   CHC
July 16
Player to Cubs
Players to A's
The Deal: Kendall brings experience, leadership and a great reputation to the Cubs, who are gearing up for the stretch run. He'll be the fifth catcher this season for the team, which began the year with Michael Barrett and Henry Blanco. Barrett was the best offensively, but his defense was questioned and he was dealt to the Padres on June 20 for Bowen. Bowen went 2-for-31. Kendall will get most of the playing time but the team does like the work Koyie Hill has done, and rookie Geovany Soto has a bright future. Blevins was one of the Cubs' top prospects, and he's not far from getting to the big leagues.
More Coverage:  CHC  |   OAK
July 1
Player to Tigers
Player to Brewers
The Deal: The Tigers had been interested in Capellan since Spring Training, but the Brewers were reluctant to move him until they needed to open roster space with Chris Capuano returning from the DL and Yovani Gallardo moving to the bullpen. The deal proved worth the wait for Detroit, which received a young power arm in Capellan in exchange for a Class A pitcher from its deep farm system. Capellan, the former highly-routed Braves prospect, no longer boasts a 100 mph fastball, but he hits the mid-90s consistently to go with a good breaking ball and change. He'll pitch a variety of roles in the Tigers, especially in the seventh and eighth innings.
More Coverage:  DET  |   MIL
June 29
Player to Padres
Players to A's
The Deal: Just over a week after trading for Michael Barrett, the Padres acquired another bat for the lineup when they traded for Bradley, a temperamental player who, when he’s healthy, is capable of putting up nice numbers. Bradley will get the majority of at-bats in left field and, as a switch-hitter, gives manager Bud Black some flexibility. The A’s got Brown, 26, out of the deal. They like his power arm and he might have a better chance of reaching the Major Leagues in Oakland.
More Coverage:  SD  |   OAK
June 22
Player to Cardinals
Player to Tigers
Player to be named
The Deal: The Tigers had too many starters with Kenny Rogers' return from the disabled list. The Cardinals had too few starters, with Chris Carpenter, Braden Looper and Mark Mulder all on the DL. So a match was born. Maroth should stabilize a St. Louis rotation that has been desperate for innings and quality starts, and a switch to the NL could provide him with a boost.
More Coverage:  STL   |   DET
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June 20
Player to Braves
Player to Tigers
The Deal: The first move in the Tigers' bullpen makeover was as much about roster flexibility than about talent. The Tigers believe in Ledezma's ability but saw him better suited as a starter than the middle reliever they needed. His struggles to put hitters away in key situations moved him out of the latter role. McBride's inconsistency in command helped move him out of Atlanta, but he has so far fit Detroit's needs as a situational southpaw with a power arm alongside Bobby Seay. For a club that has to mix and match in the bullpen for now without Joel Zumaya, McBride provides another option for key left-handed hitters.
More Coverage:  ATL   |   DET
June 20
Player to Padres
Player to Cubs
The Deal: In their first move to acquire a right-handed bat to boost the offense, the Padres landed Barrett, who had a handful of well-publicized incidents the last month he was with the Cubs. Barrett gives the Padres a nice 1-2 combination behind the plate with Josh Bard and some much-needed pop to an offense that’s struggled at times. With Bowen, Chicago gets a strong defensive catcher and Burke, 19, who is in his second professional season.
More Coverage:  SD   |   CHC
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