(NEW YORK) — There was a flurry of activity before Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline Tuesday.
The two-time defending American League champion Texas Rangers acquired starting pitcher Ryan Dempster from the Chicago Cubs for minor league infielder Christian Villanueva and minor league pitcher Kyle Hendricks. The right-handed Dempster, 35, is 5-5 on the season with a 2.25 ERA in 16 games.
In San Francisco, the Giants picked up two-time All-Star outfielder Hunter Pence from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for outfielder Nate Schierholtz, minor league catcher Tommy Joseph and minor league pitcher Seth Rosin. In 101 games this year, the 28-year-old Pence is batting .271 with 17 homers and 59 RBIs.
The Phillies also dealt two-time All-Star outfielder Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers for reliever Josh Lindblom and minor league pitcher Ethan Martin.
The Cincinnati Reds bolstered their bullpen by acquiring reliever Jonathan Broxton from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for minor league pitchers Donnie Joseph and Juan Carlso Sulbaran.
The New York Yankees picked up infielder Casey McGehee from the Pirates for reliever Chad Qualls. Pittsburgh also acquired first baseman Gaby Sanchez and minor league pitcher Kyle Kaminska from the Miami Marlins for minor league outfielder Gorkys Hernandez and a 2013 draft pick.
In the desert, the Arizona Diamondbacks traded reliever Craig Breslow to the Boston Red Sox for outfielder Scott Podsednik and pitcher Matt Albers.
The defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals acquired reliever Edward Mujicia from the Marlins in exchange for minor leaguer Zack Cox.
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