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Boston dealt for Jeff Suppan (left), while New York added Aaron Boone Thursday. (AP)
Red Sox, Yankees wheel and deal on deadline day
As expected, the Red Sox and Yankees' battle in the AL East standings spilled into the trade market again on Thursday, just as it had throughout July, with each team making deals. More >
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• Ventura traded: LA casts Robin as batman
Ponson goes from Orioles to Giants
Sidney Ponson, who is enjoying the best season of his career, moved to the Giants, who sent Damian Moss and Kurt Ainsworth to the Orioles. 
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TEAM TRADE WRAPS
DIVISION ANALYSIS
ADDITIONS, BY TEAM
Anaheim
LHP Tim Bittner
RHP Scott Dunn
RHP Gary Glover

Arizona
3B Shea Hillenbrand
OF Raul Mondesi
RHP Mike Watson

Atlanta
None

Baltimore
RHP Kurt Ainsworth
LHP Ryan Hannaman
IF Luis Lopez
LHP Damian Moss

Boston
RHP Byung-Hyun Kim
RHP Mike Gonzalez
RHP Brandon Lyon
RHP Anastacio Martinez
LHP Scott Sauerbeck
RHP Jeff Suppan
RHP Scott Williamson

Chi Cubs
OF Doug Glanville
OF Kenny Lofton
3B Aramis Ramirez

Chi White Sox
2B Roberto Alomar
OF Carl Everett
RHP Doug Nickle
LHP Scott Schoeneweis

Cincinnati
RHP Jeff Bruksch
LHP Brandon Claussen
LHP Phil Dumatrait
RHP Aaron Harang
IF D'Angelo Jimenez
LHP Charlie Manning
LHP Chris Michalak
RHP Joe Valentine

Cleveland
OF Ryan Ludwick
OF Lyle Mouton
IF Angel Santos

Colorado
RHP Travis Anderson
IF Mark Bellhorn
RHP Adam Bernero
IF Tony Womack

Detroit
C/OF Ben Petrick

Florida
3B Chris Donnels
RHP Ugueth Urbina

Houston
RHP Dan Miceli

Kansas City
SS Gookie Dawkins
RHP Curtis Leskanic
RHP Al Levine
LHP Graeme Lloyd
RHP Jim Serrano

Los Angeles
OF Jeromy Burnitz
OF Rickey Henderson (FA)
LHP Scott Mullen
IF Robin Ventura

Milwaukee
IF Alejandro Machado
RHP Wes Obermueller

Minnesota
OF Shannon Stewart

Montreal
RHP Kevin Joseph

NY Mets
RHP Edwin Almonte
RHP Jason Anderson
RHP Ryan Bicondoa
2B Victor Diaz
RHP Joselo Diaz
RHP Anderson Garcia
RHP Jeremy Hill
OF Kenny Kelly
LHP Royce Ring
RHP Kole Strayhorn
IF Andrew Salvo

NY Yankees
3B Aaron Boone
RHP Armando Benitez
OF Bubba Crosby
OF David Dellucci
OF Karim Garcia
LHP Jesse Orosco
RHP Bret Prinz
RHP Scott Proctor
OF Ruben Sierra
C Jon Sprowl
LHP Gabe White

Oakland
OF Jose Guillen

Philadelphia
RHP Brian Powell
RHP Mike Williams

Pittsburgh
LHP Frank Brooks
RHP Matt Bruback
LHP Mike Gonzalez
3B Jose Hernandez
INF Freddy Sanchez

San Diego
RHP Clay Hensley
RHP R.D. Spiehs

San Francisco
RHP Matt Herges
RHP Sidney Ponson

Seattle
IF Rey Sanchez

St. Louis
IF Bill Selby

Tampa Bay
None

Texas
2B Jermaine Clark
RHP Frankie Francisco
OF Jason Fransz
1B Adrian Gonzalez
RHP Ricardo Rodriguez
RHP Josh Rupe
OF Shane Spencer
OF Will Smith
LHP Ryan Snare
OF Marcus Thames
OF Anthony Webster

Toronto
OF Bobby Kielty
RHP John Wasdin
Jeff Suppan
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  The Trade -- July 31


To Giants:
P Sidney Ponson

To Orioles:
P Damian Moss
P Kurt Ainsworth
P Ryan Hannaman

The Deal: In 14-game winner Sidney Ponson, the Giants picked up the best starting pitcher the July market had to offer this season, and they did it with an eye toward October. They gave up a lot to get a lot, even though they hold a 12 1/2-game lead in the NL West. That's the mark of a team that is serious about returning to the World Series -- and winning this time. Ponson, who can be a free agent at season's end, could be this year's version of Jason Schmidt for the Giants. He didn't come cheap, though. The Orioles received a starter for now in lefty Damian Moss and one to wait on with fingers crossed in Kurt Ainsworth, a former top pick who sustained a fracture in his shoulder.
  Coverage:  SF | BAL  
  The Trade -- July 31


To Dodgers:
IF Robin Ventura

To Yankees:
P Scott Proctor
OF Bubba Crosby

The Deal: Third base has been an area of disappointment for the Dodgers, thanks to the frustrating inconsistency of former phenom Adrian Beltre, and they finally did something about it Thursday. They picked up a consistent veteran performer in Robin Ventura from the Yankees, though he's not somebody who will drastically alter the Dodgers' infamous offensive fortunes. Plus, amazingly enough, Ventura bats from the left side, adding yet another left-handed hitter to an already lefty-heavy lineup. The price was very steep for the Dodgers, as well: Bubba Crosby was the team's top draft pick in 1998 and was batting a PCL-high .361 with 24 doubles and 12 homers at Triple-A Las Vegas.
  Coverage:  LA | NYY  
  The Trade -- July 31


To Red Sox:
P Jeff Suppan
P Brandon Lyon
P Anastacio Martinez

To Pirates:
IF Freddy Sanchez
P Mike Gonzalez

The Deal: After tinkering with Boston's bullpen for most of July, GM Theo Epstein ended the month with a major upgrade of the starting rotation by landing Suppan, the 28-year-old right-handed ace of Pittsburgh. Suppan, a second-round Red Sox draftee in 1993 who made his big league debut with them a few years later, returns to their rotation as a bona fide No. 3 behind Lowe and Pedro. He was 10-7 for the fourth-place Bucs, with a sharp 3.57 ERA, and is tied for second in the Majors with two shutouts. In return, the Pirates managed to finagle top infield prospect Freddie Sanchez away from the Sox. The rest of the deal -- sore-armed Brandon Lyon and Anastacio Martinez for Mike Gonzalez -- simply voids part of the earlier Scott Sauerbeck swap between the teams.
  Coverage:  BOS | PIT  
  The Trade -- July 31


To Yankees:
P Gabe White

To Reds:
Player to be named later

The Deal: The Yankees finally reeled in Gabe White, a 31-year-old left-handed reliever they have long coveted, from the Reds. GM Brian Cashman was willing to acquire White -- for a player to be named later -- even though the veteran has been on the disabled list for five weeks with a strained groin muscle. Joe Torre is more than willing to wait for him to heal, looking forward to a matchup weapon who last season held left-handed hitters to a .202 average. Before going on the disabled list, White was 3-0 with a 3.93 ERA in 34 games.
  Coverage:  NYY | CIN  
  The Trade -- July 31


To Yankees:
3B Aaron Boone

To Reds:
P Brandon Claussen
P Charlie Manning

The Deal: The Yankees addressed a couple of problems by beating everyone to the punch in acquiring Aaron Boone, the Cincinnati third baseman who was one of the most coveted players as the trade deadline neared. Boone, well on his way to a career year with 18 homers and 65 RBIs, provides the right-side power the lefty-listing Yankees needed. And at 30, he could be the longer-term hot corner solution than Robin Ventura (36) and Todd Zeile (37). In exchange for Boone, who openly requested to be moved after the Reds fired his father, Bob, as manager earlier this week, Cincinnati gained two of New York's top pitching prospects, left-handers Brandon Claussen and Charlie Manning. Claussen pitched a gem in his one and only Major League start against the Mets last month.
  Coverage:  NYY | CIN  
  The Trade -- July 31


To Royals:
RHP AL Levine

To Devil Rays:
Cash considerations

The Deal: The Royals, with a slew of young pitchers on restricted pitch counts in their starting rotation, need a strong bullpen. It was an area of need heading into July that GM Allard Baird addressed with trades for right-hander Curtis Leskanic and left-hander Graeme Lloyd. The addition of right-hander Al Levine, who comes over from the Devil Rays for cash considerations, furthered strengthens that area. The underrated Levine (3-5, 2.90 ERA) has a heavy sinker and has been a quality reliever for half a dozen years. He has a career 3.81 ERA in 324 appearances and has posted an ERA lower than 4.00 in four of the last five seasons. Levine, along with fellow right-handers Leskanic and Jason Grimsley and left-handers Jeremy Affeldt and Lloyd, give manager Tony Pena five solid options before going to Rookie of the Year candidate and closer Mike MacDougal.
  Coverage:  TB | KC  
  The Trade -- July 30


To A's:
OF Jose Guillen

To Reds:
P Aaron Harang
P Jeff Bruksch
P Joe Valentine

The Deal: Oakland's offensive production from the outfield has been less than expected and Guillen gives the A's a much-needed power bat from the right side. Guillen also possesses an outstanding arm and isn't making a lot of money and therefore should fit in well in Oakland's scheme this season and beyond. The Reds are attempting to stockpile arms while they overhaul their pitching staff, and the 25-year-old Harang, who hasn't quite harnessed his considerable tools, might benefit from a change of scenery. Valentine was thought to be on the fast track to a Major League closer's job after tying the Southern League save record last year. But he hasn't been as overpowering at Triple-A Sacramento.
  Coverage:  OAK | CIN  
  The Trade -- July 30


To Cubs:
OF Doug Glanville

To Rangers:
OF Jason Fransz
cash

The Deal: The Cubs were on the lookout for a fourth outfielder who can handle the vast center field area in Wrigley Field as well as spell any of their starting outfielders. They found the man for the role in Doug Glanville, the Cubs' former No. 1 pick (1991). Glanville can cover a lot of ground, plays his position well (no errors in center field this year), and is a veteran who also isn't an automatic out. Glanville, who is hitting .422 since July 9, should be a nice fit in an outfield mix that already includes Moises Alou, Sammy Sosa and Kenny Lofton. The 22-year-old Jason Fransz is a marginal prospect who is hitting .262 with nine homers and 42 RBIs at Class A Lansing.
  Coverage:  CHC | TEX  
  The Trade -- July 29


To D-Backs:
OF Raul Mondesi
cash

To Yankees:
OF David Dellucci
P Bret Prinz
C Jon Sprowl

The Deal: The Yankees acquired a little of one of the few elements they lack -- speed -- in outfielder David Dellucci, the centerpiece of their deal with Arizona. Dellucci, who despite his part-time status led the Diamondbacks with nine stolen bases, came with right-handed reliever Bret Prinz and a low-minors catcher for Raul Mondesi. On the winter block before getting a reprieve, Mondesi will enhance an Arizona lineup that has dragged since the All-Star break. Mondesi's 16 homers and 49 RBIs instantly make him the D-Backs' third-best run-producer (behind Steve Finley and Luis Gonzalez).
  Coverage:  ARI | NYY  
  The Trade -- July 29


To Red Sox:
P Scott Williamson

To Reds:
P Phillip Dumatrait
Player to be named
cash

The Deal: The Red Sox significantly strengthened their bullpen with the addition of hard-throwing right-hander Scott Williamson. The 27-year-old closer had converted 21 of 26 save opportunities for Cincinnati and was 5-3 with a 3.19 ERA. Williamson is one of the better relievers around (just 26 homers in 317 career innings) and has a career ERA of 2.93. He can close or set up Boston closer Byun-Hyun Kim. Either way, the Boston bullpen is stronger and deeper. Dumatrait at one time was considered by some to be the second-best pitching prospect in the organization behind Casey Fossum. The lefty turned 22 two weeks ago and is 7-5 with a 3.02 ERA for Class-A Sarasota. He throws in the low 90s and has an outstanding curveball, but he is likely three years away from reaching the Majors.
  Coverage:  BOS | CIN  
  The Trade -- July 29


To Astros:
P Dan Miceli

To Yankees:
Player to be named or cash

The Deal: The 32-year-old journeyman joins his ninth team and fourth of the season, but wherever Miceli goes he usually does his job. He was 1-1 with 2.29 ERA in 20 appearances with the Yankees and Cleveland, and opposing hitters batted only .211 against Miceli during his Yankee stint. The Houston bullpen leads the National League in innings pitched, and with three relievers on a pace to appear in 80 games, Miceli gives manager Jimy Williams another experienced arm to share the workload as well as a veteran with postseason experience
  Coverage:  HOU | NYY  
  The Trade -- July 29


To Mariners:
SS Rey Sanchez

To Mets:
OF Kenny Kelly

The Deal: Picking up Rey Sanchez as insurance at shortstop raises a couple of interesting issues, namely the severity of Carlos Guillen's groin injury and the ability for Sanchez to continue to hit better in the AL, as opposed to his dismal showing with the Mets this year. Is this all just a stopgap for the arrival of Japanese star shortstop Kazuo Matsui? We shall see. For now, Sanchez adds a veteran bat and glove to help an area of immediate concern. The Mets continue to stock the farm, this time with a minor league outfielder who once quarterbacked for the Miami Hurricanes.
  Coverage:  SEA | NYM  
  The Trade -- July 29


To White Sox:
P Scott Schoeneweis
P Doug Nickle

To Angels:
P Gary Glover
P Scott Dunn
P Tim Bittner

The Deal: The White Sox picked up an experienced left-handed reliever (and former starter) in Scott Schoeneweis while the world champions received a trio of young pitchers with a chance to contribute at the Major League level at some point. The Angels moved a 29-year-old pitcher who didn't figure in their long-term plans and who will be eligible for arbitration after the season. In return they added the 26-year-old Glover, 1-0 with a 4.54 in 24 games, who had appeared in only eight games for Chicago since May. And while he pitched well in limited work in July (seven scoreless innings) the White Sox bullpen is well stocked from the right side. The greater need for the White Sox as they continue their pursuit of Kansas City was for a veteran lefty reliever to complement Damaso Marte and converted starter Kelly Wunsch.
  Coverage:  CWS | ANA  
  The Trade -- July 28


To Royals:
P Graeme Lloyd

To Mets:
P Jeremy Hill

The Deal: Graeme Lloyd, who led the National League in wins by a reliever two years ago, has had numerous injuries during his 11 Major League seasons, but when healthy he has usually been effective and should give the Royals an experienced left-handed option out of the bullpen in addition to former starter Jeremy Affeldt. Lloyd's cut fastball and slider has made him a ground ball pitcher throughout his career and that trait should serve him well considering Kansas City's home park and the talented defense the Royals routinely put on the field. Jeremy Hill, 1-3 with a 7.81 ERA at Triple-A Omaha, was once considered one of the top prospects in the organization. A former catcher, his mid-90s fastball and inability to hit minor league pitching (.197 at Class A Wilmington in 2000) convinced the Royals to move him to the mound.
  Coverage:  KC | NYM  
  The Trade -- July 22


To Cubs:
CF Kenny Lofton
3B Aramis Ramirez

To Pirates:
SS Jose Hernandez
P Matt Bruback
Player to be named

The Deal: The Cubs have been looking for third base help since May and center field help since Corey Patterson was injured. GM Jim Hendry addressed both concerns by picking up third baseman Aramis Ramirez and center fielder Kenny Lofton from Pittsburgh Tuedsay night. Lofton, 36, can lead off and fill the void in center, and he's only signed through the end of the year ($1 million) so the Cubs won't have a logjam when Patterson returns. Ramirez gives the Cubs another middle-of-the-order hitter but at a price ($3 million this year and $6 million in '04). The rebuilding Pirates received journeyman shortstop Jose Hernandez, with his third team of the year, but also two good prospects, including Matt Bruback, who has struck out 90 and walked 33 in 125 innings for Triple-A Iowa.
  Coverage:  CHC | PIT  
  The Trade -- July 22


To Yankees:
P Jesse Orosco

To Padres:
Player to be named or cash

The Deal: After more than half a season of sorely missing the left-handed weapon Mike Stanton had given their bullpen, the Yankees hope to have replaced him with Jesse Orosco, acquired from the Padres for cash considerations and a player to be named later. Orosco, the ancient one who began his career a quarter-century ago with the Mets, joined the eighth team of his record 1,229-game career. Eventually, the Padres are assured of receiving a player who will figure in their future, something the 45-year-old Orosco certainly did not.
  Coverage:  NYY | SD  
  The Trade -- July 22


To Red Sox:
P Scott Sauerbeck
P Mike Gonzalez

To Pirates:
P Brandon Lyon
P Anastacio Martinez
The Deal: The Red Sox continued to fine-tune their bullpen with the acquisition of left-handed specialist Scott Sauerbeck from the Pirates, but he came at a stiff price. The Bucs picked up Brandon Lyon, who began the season as Boston's closer and, at 23, is eight years younger than Sauerbeck. However, the Sox believe they have the left-hander they so desperately need in Sauerbeck, a workhorse who at the time of the deal was tied for the Major League lead with 53 appearances and had logged 223 games in the previous three seasons. As part of the deal, the teams also exchanged minor league pitchers, with Mike Gonzalez going to Boston and Anastacio Martinez to Pittsburgh.
  Coverage:  BOS | PIT  
  The Trade -- July 20


To Phillies:
P Mike Williams>
cash

To Pirates:
P Frank Brooks

The Deal: The Phillies got some serious bullpen help for the stretch drive with the acquisition of closer Mike Williams from the Pirates, who in turn received a bright relief prospect in lefty Frank Brooks. The right-handed Williams, 34, had saved 25 of the Bucs' 42 wins, continuing a 2002 trend that saw him post the second-best "accountability" rate in history (with 46 saves for the 72-win Pirates). Brooks, 24, had just been promoted to Triple-A after a strong Double-A showing (3-4, nine saves and a 2.30 ERA in 34 games).
  Coverage:  PHI | PIT  
  The Trade -- July 18
The Deal: Twenty-five year old Ricardo Rodriguez, who went 3-9 with a 5.73 ERA in 15 starts with Cleveland, is the key player for Texas, which continues to stock young arms. Shane Spencer, 31, is a nice bonus, bringing respectable numbers and clubhouse presence. In return, Cleveland gets a highly regarded, young outfielder with right-handed power. Ludwick, 25, has struggled lately, but excelled at Triple-A Oklahoma (.303 BA, 17 HR, 63 RBIs in 81 games this season.)
  Coverage:  CLE | TEX  
  The Trade -- July 18


To Rockies:
SS Tony Womack

To D-Backs:
P Mike Watson
The Deal: Now that Alex Cintron has established himself as the Diamondbacks' shortstop of the present and future, there wasn't really a place for Tony Womack in Arizona, especially at $6 million. That the Diamondbacks would trade him to a division rival that's only a handful of games behind shows they're not thinking he's a difference-maker in the race. That said, Womack should be an upgrade on what the Rockies have had going at short this season, especially since they jettisoned Jose Hernandez.
  Coverage:  ARI | COL  
  The Trade -- July 16


To Yankees:
P Armando Benitez

To Mets:
P Jason Anderson
P Anderson Garcia
P Ryan Bicondoa
The Deal: The Mets and the Yankees, rare trade partners, broke with tradition in a deal that furthered both teams' objectives. With Armando Benitez going to the Bronx for Jason Anderson, Anderson Garcia and Ryan Bicondoa, the Yankees feel they got nearer to the postseason and the Mets got younger. Benitez, who had 21 saves this season and 160 since joining the Mets in 1999, is expected to set up Yankees fireman Mariano Rivera. Anderson, who was 1-0 in 22 games out of the Yankees pen, will help the Mets immediately; the others are futures.
  Coverage:  NYY | NYM  
  The Trade -- July 16


To Twins:
OF Shannon Stewart
Player to be named

To Blue Jays:
OF Bobby Kielty
The Deal: The Twins, looking for a sparkplug for their stalled offense, acquired Shannon Stewart from the Blue Jays for Bobby Kielty in an exchange of outfielders between teams that limped into the All-Star break. The Twins, who lost their last eight games of the first half and scored only nine runs in their last five games, are counting on Stewart to light a fuse. Kielty, three years younger at 26, has a little more power and adds a switch-hitter to a Toronto lineup that stalled while losing eight of 10 games prior to the break.
  Coverage:  TOR | MIN  
  The Trade -- July 14


To Dodgers:
OF Jeromy Burnitz

To Mets:
2B Victor Diaz
P Joselo Diaz
P Kole Strayhorn
The Deal: Everybody knew the Dodgers needed some pop, and now they have a player who has some in Jeromy Burnitz. But it's questionable whether Burnitz, who adds to L.A.'s surplus of left-handed power, will make enough impact to turn the offense around. The Mets rid themselves of Burnitz's contract and got a few young players. The best news for the Dodgers, other than getting a bat, is that they didn't have to dig into another surplus -- their Major League pitching.
  Coverage:  LA | NYM  
  The Trade -- July 13


To Giants:
P Matt Herges

To Padres:
P Clay Hensley
P R.D. Spiehs
The Deal: The defending NL champion Giants added a veteran arm to their overworked bullpen by acquiring Matt Herges, a 33-year-old right handed pitcher. Herges -- a fifth-year Major Leaguer with a career mark of 24-20 and 3.43 ERA -- is a certifiable innings-eater. The Padres, looking to the future, picked up Clay Hensley, 23, an eighth-round pick in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft.
  Coverage:  SF | SD  
  The Trade -- July 13


To Rockies:
P Adam Bernero

To Tigers
C Ben Petrick
The Deal: Adam Bernero can throw, but the right-handed pitcher lost 12 games because he got little run support. Ben Petrick has plenty of offense to offer, but lost his catching job because he couldn't throw. The Rockies and Tigers hope a change of scenery benefits them both. Colorado will use Bernero out of the bullpen. Petrick can play outfield and, Detroit hopes, fill in behind the dish on occasion.
  Coverage:  COL | DET  
  The Trade -- July 11


To Marlins:
P Ugueth Urbina
cash

To Rangers:
P Ryan Snare 1B Adrian Gonzalez
OF Will Smith
The Deal: Making a commitment to win now, the Marlins bolstered their bullpen by adding established reliever Ugueth Urbina, who was leading the American League with 26 saves. Texas continued its youth movement by acquiring three highly-touted prospects: first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (the No. 1 pick in the 2000 First-Year Player draft), lefthanded pitcher Ryan Snare and outfielder Will Smith. The youngsters will head to Double-A Frisco but may make the big league roster next season.
  Coverage:  FLA | TEX  
  The Trade -- July 2


To Royals:
P Curtis Leskanic

To Brewers:
P Wes Obermueller
IF Alejandro Machado
The Deal: The Royals, looking to bolster their bullpen and their inspired run at the AL Central division title, got the help they needed. Curtis Leskanic should provide a much-needed lift for a bullpen that has relied heavily on rookies Mike MacDougal and D.J. Carrasco and veteran Jason Grimsley. With a young rotation that does not pitch deep into games, KC needs an effective bullpen. Albie Lopez, signed in the offseason, was a flop and none of the others given an opportunity -- Jason Gilfillan, Ryan Bukvich, Les Walrond, Rick DeHart and Scott Mullen -- has delivered, leaving GM Allard Baird no choice but to make a deal for help. For the Brewers, it was an opportunity to unload a veteran (and perhaps some salary) in exchange for two prospects as they look toward a better future.
  Coverage:  KC | MIL  
  The Trade -- July 1


To White Sox:
OF Carl Everett
cash
To Rangers:
P Frankie Francisco
P Josh Rupe
OF Anthony Webster
The Deal: With his second major trade of the day, White Sox GM Kenny Williams reinforced his statement that Chicago was going all-out not only to capture the AL Central, but to advance deep into the playoffs. Carl Everett's bat should provide more punch to an offense that has underachieved this season, although it has come to life lately. Quite simply, with a starting trio of Bartolo Colon, Mark Buehrle and Esteban Loaiza, if the Sox hit, they're a dangerous team. On the flip side, this was the first deal completed for Texas GM John Hart as he tries to shed payroll and acquire young pitching in rebuilding the Rangers. Last week, slugger Juan Gonzalez rejected a deal that would have sent him to the Expos for prospects.
  Coverage:  CWS | TEX  
  The Trade -- July 1


To White Sox:
2B Roberto Alomar
To Mets:
P Royce Ring
P Edwin Almonte
IF Andrew Salvo
The Deal: The dismantling of the 2003 Mets has started and the White Sox have made it clear that they intend to contend for the AL Central crown. Chicago hopes Alomar -- a misfit in the National League, and, perhaps, New York -- will snap out of his funk once back in the junior circuit and alongside his brother, backstop Sandy Alomar. The Mets receive some quality prospects, including Chicago's top draft pick from 2002, to re-stock a farm system which has been tapped repeatedly over the past few years for splashy deals.
  Coverage:  CWS | NYM  
  The Trade -- June 25


To Yankees:
P Dan Miceli
OF Karim Garcia
To Indians:
Player to be named
The Deal: The Yankees added an experienced right-hander to their bullpen with Miceli and a solid bat to their bench with Garcia. This relatively small deal reflects a new spirit of fiscal restraint according to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. "With the new basic agreement, we're trying a different approach to keep the payroll down," Cashman said. This being the Yankees, of course, everything is relative.
  Coverage  
  The Trade -- June 6


To Yankees:
OF Ruben Sierra
To Rangers:
OF Marcus Thames
The Deal: When the Yankees traded Ruben Sierra to the Detroit Tigers at the 1996 trading deadline, the switch-hitting outfielder groused, "All the Yankees care about is winning." After his latest stint with the struggling Rangers, that ought to be a refreshing change. At 37, Sierra is "more mature ... and happy to be on the Yankees." And New York will be happy to have him as a left-handed weapon off the bench. The deal frees a roster spot for Texas which will be filled by outfielder Kevin Mench, who had been sent down to Triple-A Oklahoma. The 26-year-old Thames, who had been batting.278 with two home runs and 28 RBIs in 52 games with the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate, will take Mench's place in Oklahoma .
  Coverage:  NYY | TEX  
  The Trade -- May 26


To D-Backs:
3B Shea Hillenbrand
To Red Sox:
P Byung-Hyun Kim
The Deal: With the Diamondbacks hurting for offense and the Red Sox seeking ammunition for their never-ending arms race with that pinstriped bunch from the Bronx, this was one of those rare deals that should help both clubs chances to contend. The Red Sox plan to slot Kim into the rotation -- his strong preference -- but may end up shifting him to the bullpen, where he flourished for Arizona in the past. The addition of Shea prompted the retirement of Matt Williams, the last of the original D-Backs.
  Coverage:  ARI | BOS