Deadline Wrap-up: NL West buying, NL East selling highlights busy day
The non-waiver Trade Deadline has come and gone, and the final day was filled with action. Here are a few highlights:
- The Phillies shipped out two of their starting outfielders, sending Shane Victorino to Los Angeles and Hunter Pence to San Francisco in an attempt to bolster the club’s depth for the future. The Giants gave up outfielder Nate Schierholtz and a pair of prospects in their deal, while the Dodgers parted with reliever Josh Lindblom and Minor League pitcher Ethan Martin.
- Not to be outdone by their NL East rival, the Marlins also made big moves Tuesday afternoon, dealing reliever Edward Mujica to the Cardinals and Gaby Sanchez to the Pirates. Mujica has been a late-inning setup man out of the bullpen, while Sanchez was sent down to Triple-A New Orleans this year after he was the Marlins’ Opening Day first baseman for three seasons. Since he was optioned to New Orleans, he has hit .302 with five home runs and 18 RBIs.
- One of the biggest names of the last few weeks was Cubs starter Ryan Dempster, who was also one of the first to be considered on the move when there were talks of him heading to Atlanta. Once that fell apart, things quieted down for a few days before the Rangers swooped in hours before the deadline and made a deal. The Yankees and Dodgers were two other clubs close to landing the right-hander, who joins Reed Johnson, Geovany Soto and Paul Maholm as Cubs who were shipped out in the final two days before the Deadline. He’ll be reunited with Soto in Texas.
- Instead of making a blockbuster move in the waning hours, the Yankees made a small deal to shore up their infield depth in the wake of A-Rod’s injury and dealt a reliever who wouldn’t be needed once the club activates Joba Chamberlain.
- A Cincinnati bullpen that was already one of the best in baseball got a little bit better with the addition of Jonathan Broxton.