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National League Trade Roundup
Latest: Tuesday August 01, 2000 02:07 PM
With the July 31 baseball trade deadline finished, CNNSI.com takes a look at what moves each team in the National League made. Also be sure to check out CNNSI.com's take on the American League.
| || Atlanta Braves |
Where they stand: After strengthening their rotation with the acquisition of Andy Ashby, the Braves turned their attention to the bullpen. Relievers Kerry Ligtenberg, Mike Remlinger and John Rocker have all struggled in the closer role. The Devil Rays' Roberto Hernandez and the Rangers' John Wetteland were the most prominent hurlers being mentioned in trade talks. Scouts were even dispatched to watch Wetteland. But GM John Schuerholz, never shy about making a trade, decided to sign free agent reliever Stan Belinda instead. Schuerholz also had feelers out to replace injured second baseman Quilvio Veras. A deal never materialized. Schuerholz did, however, add outfield depth with the acquisition of B.J. Surhoff from the Orioles for young OF Trenidad Hubbard, C Fernando Lunar and righthanded pitcher Luis Rivera.
| || St. Louis Cardinals |
Where they stand: A report that the Cardinals offered reliever Matt Morris and outfielder J.D. Drew to the Phillies for ace Curt Schilling was laughed at by St. Louis GM Walt Jocketty. The Cards would have loved to grab Schilling (who wouldn't?) before he was dealt to the Diamondbacks, but realistically, they had other needs -- a catcher, middle reliever and closer to help out righthander Dave Veres. Jocketty filled two of those -- middle relief help and catcher -- but they were of the minor variety. St. Louis first acquired Mike Timlin from Baltimore. Then the Cards got RP Jason Christiansen from the Pirates for shortstop Jack Wilson. Suddenly with a glut of bullpen pitching, Jocketty sent RP Heathcliff Slocumb to the Padres for catcher Carlos Hernandez. With Mark McGwire's return in question, Jocketty added insurance at first base by getting Will Clark in a last-minute deal from the Orioles for minor league third baseman Jose Leon.
| || Arizona Diamondbacks |
Where they stand: The Diamondbacks, facing a tough fight in the tight NL West, got their man in stud starter Curt Schilling. With Todd Stottlemyre out until September with an arm injury and Omar Daal struggling, the club had been looking to upgrade its rotation. In mid-July The Arizona Republic reported that the Phillies' asking price for relievers Byung-Hyun Kim and Vicente Padilla and 27-year-old righthanded starter Geraldo Guzman was too steep for the Diamondbacks. So then the Arizona brass upped the ante, dealing away Travis Lee, pitchers Daal, Nelson Figueroa and Padilla for Schilling. The Diamondbacks didn't make anymore moves, choosing to hold onto reliever Matt Mantei, who has fared better as of late.
| || San Francisco Giants |
Where they stand: Earlier in the season, Ellis Burks and Shawn Estes were the most viable candidates to leave. Since that time, however, the Giants have played themselves into the thick of things in the NL West and opted to hold on to all their major pieces. Giants GM Brian Sabean was looking to improve the pitching, especially since Arizona now has the best one-two starting punch in Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson. Past trades involving prospects have left the Giants thin in the minors, so a player on the current roster would have been moved for help on the mound, something Sabean wasn't too keen on doing. But Sabean did make a small move, obtaining reliever Doug Henry for RP Scott Linebrink.
| || New York Mets |
Where they stand: Despite being within sniffing distance of first place in the NL East, New York was looking to upgrade in many areas. And while the Mets had been mentioned in a plethora of trade rumors, the team had not been able to complete a deal -- until three days before the deadline. After striking out with Reds shortstop Barry Larkin, the Mets focused on American League All-Star Mike Bordick. GM Steve Phillips had offered injured shortstop Rey Ordonez, which Baltimore turned down, but then pieced together a satisfactory package of Melvin Mora, infielder Mike Kinkade and minor league pitcher Lesli Brea. The deal isn't without risk, as Bordick is due to become a free agent in the coming offseason. Phillips also addressed a couple other needs by acquiring outfielder Bubba Trammell and RP Rick White from Tampa Bay for outfielder Jason Tyner and SP Paul Wilson, both of whom had been toiling in the minors.
| || Los Angeles Dodgers |
Where they stand: The Dodgers are in the market for a dependable starter in the mold of someone like Mike Mussina. They didn't get Mussina (who said on July 26 there was "absolutely no way" he'd pitch for another team this season) but the Dodgers did bring back righthander Ismael Valdes. As a starter in his first stint with L.A., Valdes enjoyed a 61-54 record with a 3.38 ERA. GM Kevin Malone sent minor league pitcher Jamie Arnold and outfielder Jorge Piedra to the Cubs for Valdes. Most prominent in talks had also been hurler Eric Gagne and third baseman Adrian Beltre, the Dodgers' top two young players. L.A. were willing to part with Gagne, but only for a first-rate starter. The Dodgers inquired about the availability of Padres starter Woody Williams, but San Diego wasn't inclined to deal with its divisional rival. In a surprise last-minute deal, the Dodgers departed with NL Rookie of the Year OF Todd Hollandsworth and two minor leaguers for speedy Rockies OF Tom Goodwin.
| || Cincinnati Reds |
Where they stand: Cincinnati, still within striking distance of a postseason berth, were active at this year's deadline. With the trade of starter Denny Neagle to the Yankees in exchange for four prospects, the Reds essentially raised the white flag this season. While Barry Larkin might stay put, virtually every other name on the Cincinnati roster had popped up in trade rumors. Pitcher Pete Harnisch was the most likely to be dealt, with the Chicago White Sox as his probable employer. But that didn't happen. Seattle reportedly contacted the Reds about catcher Eddie Taubensee, but nothing came of that, either.
| || Colorado Rockies |
Where they stand: After hanging around the top of their division for much of the season, the Rockies have begun to slowly fade. GM Dan O'Dowd pulled the trigger on a seven-player deal with the Red Sox, bringing in Brian Rose, Jeff Frye, John Wasdin and minor league pitcher Jeff Taglienti in exchage for Rolando Arrojo, Mike Lansing and Rick Croushore. The team tried to move catcher Scott Servais since top prospect Ben Petrick has absorbed a bulk of the playing time at backstop. In a minor move, RP Stan Belinda wasn't traded, but he did receive his walking papers. He was promptly picked up by the Braves. A surprise last-minute trade saw OF Tom Goodwin headed to the Dodgers for OF Todd Hollandsworth and two minor leaguers.
| || Montreal Expos |
Where they stand: The call-up of super prospect Milton Bradley meant the end of Rondell White's tenure in Montreal. White was finally traded to the Cubs for SP Scott Downs. But it was a surprise that White was dealt to the Cubs because the 28-year-old outfielder's name was linked to virtually every contending team. White had complained that Olympic Stadium's turf was hard on his knees and preferred to play in a grass stadium.
| || Florida Marlins |
Where they stand: GM Dave Dombrowski said recently he was happy with the team's core players, but he did fill a need by grabbing power-hitting outfielder Henry Rodriguez from the Cubs for minor leaguers Ross Gload and David Noyce. It was a move the Marlins were forced to make with Cliff Floyd undergoing surgery on his left knee. NL saves leader Antonio Alfonseca had also been mentioned in rumors because he's eligible for arbitration at the end of the season and Braden Looper is said to be ready to take over the closer's role.
| || Chicago Cubs |
Where they stand: The Cubs were the late players in the Rondell White sweepstakes and were able to pry away the Montreal outfielder for lefthanded pitcher Scott Downs. White's arrival meant the departure of Henry Rodriguez, who was sent to the Marlins for minor leaguers Ross Gload and David Noyce. New GM Andy McPhail took little time making his mark, when he started tidying house by trading away OF Glenallen Hill to the Yankees. Then McPhail dealt SP Ismael Valdes, who was making $5.75 million this year and struggling, back to the Dodgers on July 27 for minor league pitcher Jamie Arnold and outfielder Jorge Piedra. For now, though, Sammy Sosa will stay put. Even Mark Grace had reportedly been thrown into trade talks.
| || Milwaukee Brewers |
Where they stand: Outfielder Jeromy Burnitz cut off negotiations on a contract extension, then the Brewers were dangling the power-hitting outfielder to anyone who would listen. But he's a year and a half away from free agency, which didn't put the Brewers into a hurry-up mode to move him. Starter Jason Bere, who has re-energized his career this season, was dealt with RP Steve Woodard and closer Bob Wickman to the Indians in cost-cutting moves. In return, Milwaukee received first baseman/outfielder Richie Sexson, rookie right-handers Paul Rigdon and Kane Davis and a player to be named. Outfielder Marquis Grissom was shopped. However, Grissom's contract ($5 million this year) was too rich, even for a contending team. It's possible he could still be dealt in late August, but he'd have to clear waivers first.
| || San Diego Padres |
Where they stand: Published reports have had the Padres in the running for Pirates catcher Jason Kendall. But San Diego would have had to give up catching prospect Ben Davis (who showed flashes of being a solid major leaguer last year), third baseman Phil Nevin and starter Matt Clement. The Padres did, however, unload catcher Carlos Hernandez. He went to the Cardinals for RP Heathcliff Slocumb. Also, in last-minute deals, outfielder Al Martin was swapped for Mariners 1B/OF John Mabry and minor league pitcher Tom Davey, and SP Brian Meadows went to the Royals for SP Jay Witasick.
| || Philadelphia Phillies |
Where they stand: In the midst of another disappointing season, the Phillies faced the tough decision of whether they should trade staff ace Curt Schilling. Philadelphia GM Ed Wade had said he would only make the deal if blown away by an offer. Apparently he was. Arizona paid more in quantity than quality by relinquishing first baseman/outfielder Travis Lee, pitchers Omar Daal, Nelson Figueroa and Vincente Padilla to nab the 33-year-old Schilling -- basically four players with question marks for a proven ace. Wade also dealt veteran outfielder Ron Gant to the Angels for righthanded starter Kent Bottenfield and cash. With the emergence of rookie first baseman Pat Burrell, oft-injured Rico Brogna, a Massachusetts native who now lives in Watertown, Conn., was rumored to be headed to the Red Sox. But that deal didn't materialize. It's still possible that Brogna could wind up in Boston in a late August deal. But Brogna would also have to clear waivers, which may be unlikely.
| || Houston Astros |
Where they stand: The Astros have walked a fine line between contending and becoming marginal the past couple years, a practice that has finally caught up to them. GM Gerry Hunsicker has gone on record as saying the team has underachieved, but has it really? In moves to cut payroll over the past three years, Houston has lost quality starters Mike Hampton and Darryl Kile, and run-producer Derek Bell. With his recent spot duty as DH and shift to left field, Daryle Ward was being showcased for possible suitors. Although Moises Alou said he would prefer to stay in Houston, he would have waived his no-trade clause if the right team showed interest. Hunsicker tried dealing Jose Lima, and despite signs of turning his season around, not many clubs wanted to take a chance on the volatile starter. Of lesser significance, RP Doug Henry went to the Giants for reliever Scott Linebrink.
Trade previews written by CNNSI.com's David Harsanyi, Ken Klavon and Jimmy Traina.
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