July 31, 2013 |
The Dodgers made a small deal at the non-waiver trade deadline, adding catching depth by acquiring minor leaguer Drew Butera from the Minnesota Twins. Butera, who turns 30 next month, has appeared in 186 games over the last four seasons, including two this year. He is a career .182 hitter. Butera has spent most of this season at triple-A Rochester, where he hit .218. In exchange for Butera, the Twins will receive a player to be named later or cash considerations. Butera will be assigned to triple-A Albuquerque..
July 29, 2010 |
Torii Hunter is an aspiring general manager, and he's had several lengthy conversations with Tony Reagins in the last two weeks, so the Angels centerfielder knows how stressful the run-up to Saturday's trade deadline has been for the team's GM. "Do you hurt your future or do you try to get someone now?" Hunter said in the wake of Sunday's deal that brought ace Dan Haren to Anaheim and sent four players, including left-hander Joe Saunders and two highly regarded pitching prospects, to Arizona.
July 23, 2011 |
The run-up to the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline is generally a busy time as teams gear up for a playoff run. But this summer, with 17 teams within seven games of a playoff berth, it may be difficult for buyers to find sellers. Buyers Angels: Money is tight, but a power bat and bullpen arm would help. Arizona: Bullpen help is probably D-Backs' biggest need. Atlanta: Might move Derek Lowe for a bat; also looking for bullpen help. Chicago White Sox: Could deal an arm from its rotation for much-needed offense.
February 24, 2011 |
The trade deadline came and went Thursday. The Lakers stuck with what they had all along. Were they close to a deal? "Nothing of significance," Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said Thursday. "You can always look at the bottom of your roster. There were a couple [minor] things that came across my desk that we considered seriously. " There have been solid victories this season (in Boston and in Portland) and also embarrassing losses (including at Cleveland), but Kupchak believes in his veteran unit that has been to the NBA Finals the last three seasons.
January 15, 2013 |
The Lakers have five more weeks to make a trade. Pau Gasol is staying ... for now. The Lakers are reluctant to deal him because of the unthinkable - Dwight Howard leaving several months later as a free agent. They don't want to go from two quality 7-footers to none. "They're in a bind," said a person familiar with the situation. The trade deadline is Feb. 21. Howard becomes a free agent July 1. Howard, 27, has kept to himself what he plans to do after this season.
August 20, 2011 |
Under pressure to improve his lineup, Braves General Manager Frank Wren wouldn't send his best pitching prospects to the Mets for Carlos Beltran . That looks like a great decision, and not just because Beltran has been a nonfactor for the Giants. Randall Delgado , 21, and Arodys Vizcaino , 20, pitched great in a win against the Giants on Tuesday, and left-hander Mike Minor , 23, beat the Giants' Tim Lincecum on Thursday. With those three and Julio Teheran , 20, in the wings behind guys such as Tommy Hanson , Jair Jurrjens , Craig Kimbel Kimbrel and Jonny Venters , the Braves should be strong for years.
July 30, 2012 |
Hunter Pence went from a last-place team to a division leader at last year's trade deadline, and it looks as if he might be doing the same thing again this season. Or maybe not. What we do know right now is that the Philadelphia Phillies, winners of the National League East the last five years, are dead last this season - and after being swept by Atlanta over the weekend, they might be looking to move some pieces to help build for the future. One of those pieces is rumored to be Pence, the outfielder who was acquired by Philadelphia at this time last year from the abysmal Houston Astros as the Phillies were pulling away in the NL East.
August 6, 2011 |
There were buyers and sellers at baseball's non-waiver trade deadline – and winners and losers once the deadline passed. Staff writer Kevin Baxter looks at the 10 teams who helped themselves most and the 10 who helped themselves least.. WINNERS 1. Texas: The Rangers wanted bullpen help to aid a tired rotation and they got the two best relievers to change teams in Koji Uehara (from Baltimore) and Mike Adams (San Diego). 2. Giants: The lowest-scoring offense in the N.L. added the most coveted bat on the market in Carlos Beltran (Mets)
June 28, 2012 |
Dodgers President Stan Kasten said he welcomes expectations that the team's new ownership group will finance significant moves at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. “I promise you we'll explore everything,” Kasten said. “Look, as candid as we can be, we're the Dodgers. We're supposed to be big. We intend to be big. Will we look at big things? You bet.” Kasten maintained the Dodgers have the financial flexibility to add to their payroll. He lamented that the organization doesn't have more top-tier prospects who would be attractive trade pieces.
February 23, 2007 |
It came down to one simple, unshakable tenet. Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom and, perhaps most important, Andrew Bynum were not available, essentially making the Lakers non-participants as the NBA trade deadline passed quietly Thursday. Jason Kidd is still with the New Jersey Nets, there were no blockbuster trades anywhere, and what you see will be what you get the rest of the season for the Lakers, with the possible exception of adding 41-year-old free agent Scottie Pippen down the road.