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American League Trade Roundup
Latest: Tuesday August 01, 2000 02:09 PM
With the July 31 baseball trade deadline finished, CNNSI.com takes a look at what moves each team in the American League made. Also be sure to check out CNNSI.com's look at the National League.
| || New York Yankees |
Where they stand: The Yankees filled the biggest hole on their team by acquiring lefthander Denny Neagle from Cincinnati to anchor the starting rotation. The back-to-back defending champs also strengthened their lineup by trading for former Indians outfielder David Justice. The Bronx Bombers then shored up their bench by picking up Glenallen Hill from the Cubs.
| || Chicago White Sox |
Where They Stand: The team got a significant upgrade at catcher with the acquisition of Charles Johnson, and more hitting insurance in Harold Baines. Jose Valentin's play at shortstop (25 errors through July 24) had been a cause for concern, which had GM Ron Schueler toying with the idea of pursuing a steady fielder and moving Valentin to the outfield or DH. Schueler wanted to add another front-line starter, such as Pete Harnisch, to strengthen a staff that lost Cal Eldred indefinitely to a nerve problem in his right throwing elbow. But that didn't happen.
| || Seattle Mariners |
Where they stand: AL West leader Seattle is probably the only team in the majors without pitching problems. In fact, the Mariners had pitching to spare (Freddy Garcia, John Halama, Jamie Moyer, Aaron Sele, Brett Tomko). GM Pat Gillick had indicated that he was in search of an outfielder. Rickey Henderson has solidified the leadoff spot, but Seattle wanted to add some more power. Moments before the deadline, Gillick struck an agreement with the Padres. The Mariners shipped off 1B/OF John Mabry and minor league pitcher Tom Davey for OF Al Martin. The Mariners could have used an upgrade at third base where David Bell and Carlos Guillen have gotten the most action.
| || Boston Red Sox |
Where they stand: The Red Sox, who rank near the bottom of the AL in runs scored, picked up a bat in Colorado second baseman Mike Lansing, but their hopes of landing another outfielder vaporized. They hope the addition of the Rockies' Rolando Arrojo boosts a shaky staff. GM Dan Duquette was active before the deadline, trading for third baseman Ed Sprague and picking up outfielder Bernard Gilkey. However, a bigger move needed to be made since the Yankees and Blue Jays got better.
| || Toronto Blue Jays |
Where they stand: While fighting for the AL East crown, Toronto picked up starter Esteban Loaiza from Texas. Prior to the deadline, published reports in Colorado had the Jays interested in SP Pedro Astacio. But a potential deal fell through when GM Gord Ash also wanted closer Jose Jimenez. Ash then looked elsewhere, agreeing to a trade with the the Devil Rays in which the Jays received SP Steve Trachsel and RP Mark Guthrie for two minor leaguers.
| || Cleveland Indians |
Where They Stand: John Hart was the busiest GM leading up to the deadline. In the early stages, Hart tipped his hand when he reportedly offered Philadelphia Enrique Wilson, Jaret Wright and Richie Sexson for former Phillie Curt Schilling. Rebuffed, Hart then went and picked up SP Jason Bere, RP Steve Woodard and closer Bob Wickman from the Brewers, in exchange for Sexson, rookie right-handers Paul Rigdon and Kane Davis and a player to be named. After completing the deal with the Brewers, Hart then shipped Ricky Ledee to the Rangers for first baseman/outfielder David Segui. The Indians aren't ready to make Jim Thome a full-time designated hitter, so Segui will spell him at first. Manager Charlie Manuel will find a way to get Segui's bat into the lineup. Hart also brought back outfielder Wil Cordero, from the Pirates, for Alex Ramirez and Enrique Wilson. This is good news for fans of Manny Ramirez, Kenny Lofton and Travis Fryman. Hart had said he'd move Manny Ramirez -- due to be a free agent -- if he felt the team wasn't in contention for the wild card. It also had been rumored that Fryman and Lofton would be dealt in payroll-trimming moves.
| || Anaheim Angels |
Where they stand: The Angels hit their high-water mark of the season on July 20 with a 53-44 record. All this means is that Anaheim walked a fine line between being a buyer and seller. The team has managed to climb into the wild-card race but realistically doesn't have the pitching to make a serious run at the postseason. The Angels did acquire more offense by picking up outfielder Ron Gant from the Phillies in exchange for righthanded starter Kent Bottenfield and cash.
| || Detroit Tigers |
Where they stand: With the Tigers striving for respectability, the big question in Detroit was whether slugger Juan Gonzalez would be moved. He wasn't. GM Randy Smith, who recently met with Gonzalez to discuss the slugger's future, went on record before the trade deadline saying he'd stand pat. In fairness, Smith hasn't had much of a chance to evaluate the club since the run-producing quartet of Gonzalez, Tony Clark, Bobby Higginson and Dean Palmer has rarely played together because of injuries.
| || Baltimore Orioles |
Where they stand: The Orioles haven't been over .500 since May 8 and are headed for their third-straight losing season. The mission was clear -- trade high-priced veterans for prospects, preferably pitchers. The Orioles started into a rebuilding mode by pulling the trigger on a deal to send shortstop Mike Bordick to the Mets for shortstop/outfielder Melvin Mora, infielder Mike Kinkade, minor league pitcher Lesli Brea and another minor league player. Baltimore has the second-worst ERA in the AL, and to make matters worse, ace Mike Mussina could be on his way out of town as a free agent after this season. Catcher Charles Johnson, reliever Mike Timlin and designated hitter Harold Baines were established players to exit via trades. At the deadline, OF B.J. Surhoff went to the Braves for OF Trenidad Hubbard, C Fernando Lunar and righthanded pitcher Luis Rivera. Also, first baseman Will Clark was shipped to Cardinals.
| || Kansas City Royals |
Where They Stand: Multi-talented outfielder Johnny Damon, who stands to be a free agent after 2001, was reportedly headed to the Mets, Yankees, Mariners, Red Sox and Dodgers. The guess here was that K.C. would hold onto Damon and attempt to re-sign him. First baseman Mark Quinn had been inquired about as was third baseman Joe Randa and innings-eating starter Jeff Suppan. They were active at the last minute, getting SP Brian Meadows from the Padres for SP Jay Witasick -- hardly a move that will significantly improve either team.
| || Texas Rangers |
Where they stand: The Rangers unloaded Juan Gonzalez on Detroit for six players in the offseason and the rebuilding process -- albeit minor -- took form. With MVP candidate Ivan Rodriguez likely out for the season with a broken thumb, Texas was inclined to deal its higher-priced veterans. They did swap first baseman/outfielder David Segui for outfielder Ricky Ledee. The Indians plan on using Segui at first base when Jim Thome DHs.
| || Minnesota Twins |
Where They Stand: With one of the smallest payrolls, the Twins are -- surprise -- grooming youngsters for the future. They already made their big move by unloading salaries in shipping free-agent disappointment Butch Huskey and malcontent Todd Walker to the Rockies recently. GM Terry Ryan had discussions with Seattle about starter Brett Tomko, but talks fell flat.
| || Tampa Bay Devil Rays |
Where they stand: Tampa Bay's plan of outslugging opponents never came to fruition as offseason acquisitions Vinny Castilla and Greg Vaughn haven't really gotten on track this season. The Devil Rays have also been hurt by injuries to several key players. Tampa Bay mulled whether it wanted to rid itself of some salaries, and finally did so by moving four players. SP Steve Trachsel, perhaps the hottest name in weeks of trade talks among many teams, was dealt to the Blue Jays with RP Mark Guthrie at the deadline for minor league second baseman Brent Abernathy and a player to be named. Three days before the deadline, the Rays sent outfielder Bubba Trammell and RP Rick White to the Mets for minor leaguers Jason Tyner (outfielder) and pitcher Paul Wilson. And middle reliever Jim Mecir went with pitcher Todd Belitz to the A's for pitcher Jesus Colome and a player to be named.
Trade previews written by CNNSI.com's David Harsanyi, Ken Klavon and Jimmy Traina.
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