Former All-Stars Jake Westbrook, Ted Lilly and Ryan Ludwick got traded Saturday as pennant contenders played a game of beat-the-clock, while the New York Yankees completed their big deal for slugger Lance Berkman.
The swaps came as clubs scrambled before the 4 p.m. EDT deadline for making trades without waivers.
“I’m excited to go to a club that’s contending for a playoff spot and pitch in some meaningful ballgames,” Westbrook said. “That’s why you play the game, to get a chance to play in the playoffs and I look forward to doing that.”
The 32-year-old righty was 6-7 with a 4.65 ERA for Cleveland. Ludwick, a 32-year-old outfielder, hit .281 with 11 home runs and 43 RBIs this season.
Cleveland sent cash to the Cardinals and Padres, and got minor league pitcher Corey Kluber from San Diego _ the 24-year-old righty led the Texas League in strikeouts. St. Louis also acquired minor league lefty Nick Greenwood from San Diego.
“We’ve been looking to improve our rotation and with Ted, we feel like we’ve got a very good group of starting pitchers for the stretch run,” Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said. “Ryan is versatile and can help us in the middle of the diamond as a nice complement to our existing infielders.”
Los Angeles began the day in third place in the NL West, seven games behind San Diego.
The Arizona Diamondbacks were busy, trading reliever Chad Qualls to the contending Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named and making a multiplayer swap with Pittsburgh.
Qualls, a 31-year-old right-hander, was 1-4 with 12 saves and an 8.29 ERA this season.
Arizona sent catcher Chris Snyder, minor league shortstop Pedro Ciriaco and cash to the Pirates for outfielder Church, former AL Rookie of the Year Bobby Crosby and right-hander D.J. Carrasco.View Entire Story
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