MLB trade roundup: Cubs actually trade Dempster

Ryan Dempster, of Gibsons, B.C., was traded by the Cubs on the MLB's trade deadline day to the...

Ryan Dempster, of Gibsons, B.C., was traded by the Cubs on the MLB's trade deadline day to the Rangers. (Michael Roman/WENN.com)

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The topsy-turvy Ryan Dempster derby came to a surprising ending Tuesday when the Chicago Cubs sent the right-handed starter to the Texas Rangers Tuesday afternoon, just before the major league non-waiver trade deadline.

It was one of 10 trades finalized in the hours leading up to the 4 p.m. ET deadline, with the Rangers, Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers clearly strengthening themselves for a run at the playoffs.

The Cubs reportedly had come close a deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier in the day, before the New York Yankees made a bid for Dempster. Then the Rangers snuck in, dealing a pair of minor-leaguers -- third baseman Christian Villanueva, 21, and right-hander Kyle Hendricks, 22 -- for the 35-year-old Canadian, who initially had turned down a deal to Atlanta.

Dempster was 5-5 for Chicago this season with a 2.25 earned-run average and fills a hole in the starting rotation for Texas, which has lost Colby Lewis for the season.

OTHER DEALS

* The Cincinnati Reds bolstered an already solid bullpen, acquiring Kansas City Royals closer Jonathan Broxton.

The right-hander had a 2.27 ERA and 23 saves in 35 games for Kansas City, having taken over as closer when Joakim Soria was sidelined by an elbow injury.

Broxton, 28, joins left-handers Sean Marshall and Aroldis Chapman in late-inning relief for the Reds.

The Royals got minor-league pitchers Donnie Joseph, 24, a left-hander, and J.C. Sulbaran, 22, a righty.

* While the Dodgers lost out on Dempster, they landed a left-fielder in Shane Victorino. The 31-year-old was hitting .261 with nine homers and 40 RBI this season for the Philadelphia Phillies. The Dodgers gave up right-handed reliever Josh Lindblom, 25, and minor-league pitching prospect Ethan Martin, a 23-year-old right-hander.

* Minutes after dealing Victorino, the Phils dealt another outfielder, Hunter Pence, moving the 29-year-old power hitter to the San Francisco Giants for outfielder Nate Schierholtz and two minor-leaguers -- catcher Tommy Joseph, 21, and reliever Seth Rosin, 23.

Pence his .271 with 17 homers and 59 RBI for the Phils. Schierholtz, 28, was hitting .257 with five homers and 17 RBI.

* The St. Louis Cardinals acquired right-handed reliever Edward Mujica from the Miami Marlins for minor-league prospect Zack Cox.

Mujica, 28, had a 4.38 ERA in 39 innings this season for Miami. Cox, a 23-year-old third baseman, was batting .254 for in triple-A this season. He was a first-round pick in 2010 and was ranked fourth among the Cardinals prospects by Baseball America before the season.

* The Pittsburgh Pirates, hoping Gaby Sanchez could return to his old form, picked up the first baseman from the Miami Marlins in exchange for outfielder Gorkys Hernandez.

Sanchez, 28, hit .202 with three homers and 17 RBI with Miami before being demoted to triple-A New Orleans. In 2011, he hit .266 for Miami with 19 homers and 78 RBI.

Hernandez, 24, has spent most of the season at triple-A Indianapolis, batting .257. He had two hits in 24 at-bats earlier in the season with Pittsburgh.

* Craig Breslow, a left-handed reliever, was acquired by the Boston Red Sox, who sent right-handed-reliever Matt Albers and outfielder Scott Podsednik to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Breslow, who turns 32 on Aug. 8, was effective for the Diamondbacks with a 2.70 ERA in 40 games. Albers, 29, had a 2.29 ERA -- less than half of his career ERA of 4.78 -- also in 40 games this season, for the Red Sox. Podsednik, 36, is a spare-part outfielder who has been playing in the minors in recent weeks.

* The New York Yankees dealt reliever Chad Qualls to the Pittsburgh Pirates for corner infielder Casey McGehee, who could fill in at third base until Alex Rodriguez returns from injury.

McGehee, 29, hit .230 for Pittsburgh with eight homers and 35 RBI. Qualls, a 33-year-old right-hander, has posted a 4.89 ERA this season with the Yankees and Phillies.

The Yankees first tried to get Carlos Lee from the Marlins but the first baseman wouldn't accept the trade, ESPN.com reported.

* The Cubs and Rangers completed a separate deal earlier Tuesday, with Texas getting catcher Geovany Soto and cash in exchange for pitcher Jake Brigham and a player to be named, or cash.

Soto, 29, hit .199 with six homers and 14 RBI for Chicago this season. To make room on the roster, Texas designated catcher Yorvit Torrealba for assignment. He batted .236 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 49 games for the Rangers this season.

Brigham, 24, had a 5-5 record with a 4.28 ERA at double-A Frisco.

* The Cleveland Indians acquired first baseman/outfielder Lars Anderson from the Red Sox for right-hander Steven Wright.

Anderson once considered a top prospect, was hitting .259 at triple-A. Wright, 27, has started throwing a knuckleball and has had some success at double-A Akron, his sixth season in the minors.


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