Baseball’s haves picked up more players from the have-nots at Tuesday’s trade deadline, when Ryan Dempster was dealt from the Chicago Cubs to the Texas Rangers and Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence and Jonathan Broxton all wound up on new teams.
Matt Garza, Josh Johnson and Joe Blanton stayed put for now as the window closed for clubs to make trades without having players pass through waivers.
Four days after their American League West rivals, the Los Angeles Angels, acquired former Cy Young Award winner Zack Geinke, the Rangers obtained Dempster for infielder Christian Villanueva and pitcher Kyle Hendricks. Texas also acquired catcher Geovany Soto from the Cubs for right-hander Jake Brigham.
“It’s a great opportunity over there,” Dempster said. “It’s not going to be easy. There are a lot of teams out there that are really good. I think (the Rangers) have as good a chance as anybody.”
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Dempster, who will replace Roy Oswalt in the rotation, had power to block deals and refused to approve a trade to the Atlanta Braves last week.
The faded Philadelphia Phillies, last in the National League East and their run of five straight division titles all but over, sent Victorino to the Dodgers for right-handers Josh Lindblom and Ethan Martin and cash.
They also shipped Pence to San Francisco for outfielder Nate Schierholtz, catching prospect Tommy Joseph and right-hander Seth Rosin.
Pence is batting .271 with 17 homers and 59 RBI this season. He fills a major need for the Giants, giving them a right-handed hitter with power.
“I don’t think anyone really anticipated the season that’s gone on,” Pence said in Washington after the trade. “It was the perfect storm of injuries and things didn’t go right for us, so that’s the way the business of the game is and you have to understand that. Everything is understood.”
Victorino, nicknamed the Flyin’ Hawaiian, is batting .261 with nine homers, 40 RBI and 24 steals. He helped the Phillies win five consecutive NL East titles and the 2008 World Series championship.
The Miami Marlins traded pitcher Edward Mujica to St. Louis for 2010 first-round draft pick Zack Cox and sent former All-Star first baseman Gaby Sanchez and right-hander Kyle Kaminska to Pittsburgh for outfielder Gorkys Hernandez and a 2013 draft pick.
NL Central-leading Cincinnati, hopeful of just its second postseason appearance since 1995, got Broxton from Kansas City.
The Red Sox sent right-hander Matt Albers and outfielder Scott Podsednik to Arizona for left-hander Craig Breslow and dealt utilityman Lars Anderson to Cleveland for right-hander Steven Wright. … The Yankees traded right-hander Chad Qualls to Pittsburgh for infielder Casey McGehee after injuries to Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira.