The Los Angeles Dodgers continued to be buyers and the Philadelphia Phillies sellers as Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline came to a close on Tuesday.
The Dodgers’ dogged pursuit of Shane Victorino finally came to a successful conclusion with the National League team acquiring the former all-star centre fielder from the Phillies.
In exchange, the Dodgers gave up reliever Josh Lindblom and starting pitching prospect Ethan Martin.
It was a busy time for the Dodgers, who are vying for first place in the NL West along with the San Francisco Giants.
Late Monday night, the Dodgers acquired reliever Brandon League from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for outfielder Leon Landry and right-handed pitcher Logan Bawcom, a couple of minor league prospects.
Last week, the Dodgers obtained three-time all-star infielder Hanley Ramirez from the Miami Marlins.
The Phillies, whose run of five straight appearances in the postseason will almost assuredly end this season, they have obviously embarked on an austerity kick to reduce payroll while at the same time inject the organization with some younger faces.
Along with Victorino, 31, the Phillies also shipped out 29-year-old outfielder Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants.
In return, Philadelphia received outfielder Nate Schierholtz along with catcher Tommy Joseph and pitcher Seth Rosin, a couple of minor league prospects.
The Atlanta Braves, hoping to hang on to a wild-card spot in the NL, obtained left-handed starter Paul Maholm and veteran outfielder Reed Johnson in a trade with the Chicago Cubs.
The Cubs got back a pair of minor-league hurlers in Arodys Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman.
The Cubs were involved in another deal that was finalized Tuesday morning, sending catcher Geovany Soto to the Texas Rangers for minor league right-handed pitcher Jake Brigham and a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Gaby Sanchez, an all-star first baseman last season with the Marlins whose struggles at the plate this year resulted in his being optioned to the minors on July 5, is now a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Marlins will get back outfielder Gorkys Hernandez in return.
With Sanchez safely in tow, the Pirates later dealt first baseman Casey McGehee to the New York Yankees for reliever Chad Qualls.
The St. Louis Cardinals acquired bullpen help at the trade deadline, getting right-hander Edward Mujica from the Marlins for 2010 first-round pick Zack Cox.
Arizona Diamondbacks send reliever Craig Breslow to the Boston Red Sox for reliever Matt Albers and outfielder Scott Podsednik.
The Red Sox also sent first baseman Lars Anderson to the Cleveland Indians for starting pitcher Steven Wright.
The Cincinnati Red picked up starting pitcher Jonathan Broxton from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for pitchers J.C. Sulbaran and Donnie Joseph.