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Sox get Podsednik, Vizcaino for Lee
DECEMBER 13, 2004

   Carlos Lee  /   LF
Born: 06/20/76
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 240 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R

BREWERS GET:
Carlos Lee

WHITE SOX GET:
Scott Podsednik
Luis Vizcaino
Player to be named later

ANALYSIS:
The addition of Carlos Lee gives the Brewers a right-handed power bat to sandwich in the lineup between lefties Lyle Overbay and Geoff Jenkins. In 2004, Lee had career highs in batting average (.305), doubles (37) and runs scored (103), and he matched his career best in home runs (31). The White Sox accomplished several of their objectives in landing Scott Podsednik and Luis Vizcaino. Podsednik adds solid defensive ability in the outfield and adds much-needed speed to the lineup. His 70 steals led the Major Leagues last year. Vizcaino adds depth to the bullpen. He went 4-4 with a 3.75 ERA in 73 relief appearances last season.  --Paul Bodi


Blue Jays 'Cash' in on trade with Rays
DECEMBER 12, 2004

   Chad Gaudin  /   P
Born: 03/24/83
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 165 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R

BLUE JAYS GET:
Chad Gaudin

DEVIL RAYS GET:
Kevin Cash

ANALYSIS:
In Chad Gaudin, Toronto picks up a lively, young arm which they can groom into several roles. In his first significant big-league action last season, the 21-year-old right-hander went 1-2 with a 4.85 ERA for the Devil Rays, and did a good job keeping the ball in the park. The Jays will probably start him out in Triple-A next year. Kevin Cash, a Tampa native who turned 27 the first week of December, gives Tampa Bay an experienced backup for Toby Hall behind the plate. --Tom Singer

Braves acquire closer Kolb from Brewers
DECEMBER 11, 2004

   Danny Kolb  /   P
Born: 03/29/75
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 215 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R

BRAVES GET:
Dan Kolb

BREWERS GET:
Jose Capellan

ANALYSIS:
Dan Kolb's arrival in Atlanta gives the Braves a boost on two pitching fronts. His 39 saves (among the Brewers' 67 wins) will keep the bullpen secure while allowing John Smoltz to return to the rotation. The Brewers, without the pressure to prolong a streak of 13 straight division titles, enhance their future with Jose Capellan, who by making Milwaukee's rotation would instantly become the Majors' hardest thrower. The 23-year-old Dominican went a combined 9-3, with 90 strikeouts in 93 1/3 innings, at Double-A and Triple-A last season. --Tom Singer

Pirates, Indians swap players in Meetings' first trade
DECEMBER 11, 2004

   Matt Lawton  /   LF
Born: 11/03/71
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 190 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: R

PIRATES GET:
Matt Lawton

INDIANS GET:
Arthur Rhodes

ANALYSIS:
Both the Indians and Pirates addressed areas of need with Saturday's trade of Matt Lawton and Arthur Rhodes. The Indians needed a left-handed reliever to help set up closer Bob Wickman, and Rhodes has a history of success in that role. The Pirates needed a leadoff hitter and outfielder, and Lawton fills both those needs. Both players were due to earn roughly $7 million this season, so the money was a wash, too. This deal simply made too much sense not to happen. --Jim Banks

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