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His preference was to play for the Dodgers, and although the teams remained in contact right until the end, general manager Jed Hoyer said they were never really close.

Reds pick up Royals closer Broxton

CINCINNATI — Unable to upgrade their everyday lineup, the Cincinnati Reds instead strengthened the back end of their bullpen on Tuesday by acquiring closer Jonathan Broxton from Kansas City for a pair of minor league pitchers.

Manager Dusty Baker plans to use Broxton as a set-up man for closer Aroldis Chapman, who has dominated while finishing games. Baker said Broxton could be used in save situations when Chapman has pitched several days in a row.

The Reds gave up 24-year-old left-hander Donnie Joseph and 23-year-old right-hander Juan Carlos Sulbaran. Joseph was 4-1 with a 2.86 ERA and five saves at Triple-A. Sulbaran was 7-7 in 19 starts with a 4.04 ERA in Double-A.

Broxton expected a trade, but was surprised to wind up with Cincinnati.

“I kind of seen it coming, but I didn’t see Cincinnati,” he said in Kansas City, where the Royals were getting ready to play Cleveland. “But they were real aggressive late is what [GM Dayton Moore] said — that everything that was going on was Texas, Texas, Texas. Cincinnati jumped right in the last second and got me.”

Pirates acquire Sanchez from Marlins

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates acquired former All-Star first baseman Gaby Sanchez from the Miami Marlins in a deal announced right before Tuesday’s trade deadline.

The Pirates also received minor league pitcher Kyle Kaminska for minor league outfielder Gorkys Hernandez and Pittsburgh’s extra draft pick in 2013 given to financially weaker teams.

Sanchez, 28, was batting only .202 with three home runs and 17 RBI and had been demoted to Triple-A in May for nearly a month.

Elsewhere

YANKEES: New York obtained third baseman Casey McGehee from Pittsburgh for reliever Chad Qualls on Tuesday, providing a right-handed batter to plug in while Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira recuperate from hand injuries. McGehee, 29, is hitting .230 with eight homers and 35 RBI in almost 300 plate appearances. The 33-year-old Qualls was acquired by New York from Philadelphia on July 1 and pitched in eight games.

RED SOX: Boston traded outfielder Scott Podsednik and right-hander Matt Albers to the Arizona Diamondbacks for left-hander Craig Breslow. Podsednik hit .387 with three doubles, one homer and seven RBI this year. Albers, 29, was 2-0 with a 2.29 ERA in 40 relief appearances. Breslow, obtained from Oakland in December, was 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA in 40 relief appearances. He appeared in 13 games for the Red Sox in 2006.

CARDINALS: St. Louis acquired bullpen help at the trade deadline, getting right-hander Edward Mujica from the Miami Marlins for 2010 first-round pick Zack Cox. The 28-year-old Mujica is 0-3 with a 4.38 ERA and two saves in 41 games and has held right-handed hitters to a .211 batting average. Last year he was 9-6 with a 2.96 ERA.

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