Indians get outfielder...Ramos to Phillies...Cardinals trade Pham
CLEVELAND (AP) — Badly needing outfield help, the Cleveland Indians have acquired center fielder Leonys Martin from the Detroit Tigers. Cleveland also received right-hander Kyle Dowdy in the deal for shortstop prospect Willi Castro. The AL-Central-leading Indians have been pursuing an outfielder for weeks and pulled off the deal just hours before today’s non-waiver deadline.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The NL East-leading Phillies have acquired All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos from the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named later or cash. Ramos is batting .297 with 14 homers and 53 RBIs but is currently on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain. He’ll upgrade an offense that has struggled during a four-game losing streak. Jorge Alfaro has been Philadelphia’s starting catcher with Andrew Knapp also seeing plenty of action.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tommy Pham has been traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Tampa Bay Rays, a year after establishing himself as one of the National League’s top outfielders. St. Louis sent the 30-year-old and $500,000 in international signing bonus allocation to the Rays for a trio of minor leaguers: outfielder Justin Williams, left-hander Genesis Cabrera and right-hander Roel Ramirez.
PHOENIX (AP) — Right-handed reliever Brad Ziegler has been traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks, who bolstered their bullpen for the pennant race and gave up Double-A reliever Tommy Eveld to the Miami Marlins. Ziegler, 38, is 1-5 with a 3.98 ERA this season. His ERA was 7.88 on June 1, but since then he has allowed two runs in 28 innings. He’s in the final year of a $16 million, two-year contract, which made the cost-conscious Marlins willing to trade him. They’re in last place in the NL East
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Washington Nationals have traded reliever Brandon Kintzler to the Chicago Cubs, exactly a year after the right-hander moved in another deadline deal. The NL Central-leading Cubs sent minor league pitcher Jhon Romero in the trade announced less than an hour before Tuesday’s deadline. Kintzler, who turns 34 on Wednesday, was 1-2 with two saves and a 3.59 ERA in 45 games this season. He had been especially tough in 14 games since coming back from the disabled list from a strained forearm.