The non-waiver trade deadline produced a flurry of activity that saw the San Francisco Giants acquire Carlos Beltran from the New York Mets and the Cleveland Indians get Ubaldo Jimenez from the Colorado Rockies.
Here’s a breakdown of some of the big trades:
GIANTS: They obtained outfielder Carlos Beltran from the New York Mets for top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler. The Giants added more offense, which was exactly what they needed, and if Beltran can get hot after a cold start, the rest of the lineup will benefit. They also traded for veteran second baseman/shortstop Orlando Cabrera in exchange for outfield prospect Thomas Neal.
INDIANS: They paid a steep price to acquire starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez from the Rockies. The Indians, who dealt top pitching prospects Drew Pomeranz and Alex White, hope that Jimenez can return to his pre-All-Star break 2010 form.
PHILLIES: Picked up outfielder Hunter Pence from Houston for first baseman Jonathan Singleton and a pair of right-handed pitchers. If Pence is able to produce in Philadelphia as he did for the Astros, then the Phillies will have the right-handed bat they need for the postseason.
RANGERS: Needing help in their bullpen, the Rangers traded for relievers Koji Uehra from Baltimore and Mike Adams from San Diego.
DIAMONDBACKS: Got right-handed pitcher Jason Marquis from Washington. Marquis is a veteran who can give them innings, and who has pitched well against the Giants.
TIGERS: Were desperate for pitching help, and the additions of starter Doug Fister and reliever David Pauley from Seattle should help.
CARDINALS: Obtained shortstop Rafael Furcal from the Los Angeles Dodgers for outfielder Alex Castellanos. The veteran will give them a boost in the infield, although he’s not hitting.
BRAVES: After not getting Beltran or Pence, they dealt for outfielder Michael Bourn from the Astros. Bourn gives them a solid leadoff hitter, who also leads the majors in stolen bases.
RED SOX: With Clay Buchholz possibly out for the rest of the season with a stress fracture in his lower back at most, and a lower back strain at the very least, they are glad to have left-hander Erik Bedard, whom they acquired from the Mariners, in the rotation.
PIRATES: Didn’t get the big boppers, but ended up with outfielder Ryan Ludwick from the Padres and first baseman Derrek Lee from the Orioles.
Guillen vs. Weaver: After Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jered Weaver allowed a home run to Carlos Guillen of the Tigers on Sunday, Guillen rubbed it in by flipping his bat, admiring his homer and staring down Weaver.
The Angels pitcher yelled at Guillen, and then threw his next pitch at Alex Avila’s head. Umpire Hunter Wendelstedt had warned both benches before that pitch, so Weaver was ejected along with Angels manager Mike Scioscia.
Detroit’s Magglio Ordonez hit a two-run homer in the third, but didn’t begin to run the bases immediately.
“I had a lot of respect for those guys, but then they stand at the plate and do something like that,” Weaver said. “I’m not going to try to hit someone, but what Guillen did crossed the line.”
Ordonez said he wasn’t trying to show up Weaver on his home run.
“I don’t hit many homers anymore, and I wanted to make sure that it stayed fair,” Ordonez said. “After that, he was yelling at me to run faster, and I told him that I’m old, that’s as fast as I run. I’m not going to show anyone up. That’s not me.”
Diamond Notes: Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg will begin a rehab assignment soon, and could join the team by late August or early September…Giants pitcher Barry Zito is back on the DL with a recurrence of his sprained right foot…Roberto Alomar had is No. 12 jersey retired by the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday. Alomar, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame the week before, played five years for the Blue Jays, including their World Series champion seasons of 1992 and 1993…The Atlanta Braves lost their 10,000th game in franchise history on Sunday, becoming the second team in major league history to do so, after the Phillies did it in 2007. The Braves won their 10,000th game last month.
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