Major League Baseball
White Sox, Boston make big moves
CHICAGO - Jake Peavy finally agreed to pitch for the White Sox. The Padres traded their ace to Chicago on Friday, barely beating the deadline to make deals without waivers. The Padres got four young pitchers for the 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner - Clayton Richard, Aaron Poreda, Dexter Carter and Adam Russell. In May, the Padres and White Sox agreed to a deal for Peavy, but he turned it down. This time, Peavy agreed to waive his no-trade clause and join the AL Central contenders.Boston brings in another big bat CLEVELAND - His No. 41 jersey hanging a few feet away, Victor Martinez sat stunned in front of his locker in Cleveland's clubhouse - for the last time. He squeezed his young son to his chest and wiped tears from both of their faces. The moment he feared, the one he wasn't prepared for, had arrived. Martinez had been traded by the Indians, the team that signed him as a 17-year-old shortstop in Venezuela, nurtured him and watched him develop into an All-Star. The Red Sox got the big bat they needed by acquiring the versatile Martinez from the rebuilding Indians for right-hander Justin Masterson and minor-league pitchers Nick Hagadone and Bryan Price. BLUE JAYS: Roy Halladay is staying with in Toronto - at least for now. On a day marked by a flurry of last-minute trades before baseball's non-waiver deadline, Halladay was the most talked-about player who wasn't dealt away. MARLINS: When slugger Hanley Ramirez learned only minutes before the trade deadline that the team had added a hitter, he threw a fist, grinned and shouted, "Yeehaw!" Florida acquired first baseman Nick Johnson and cash from the last-place Nationals for pitching prospect Aaron Thompson. RED SOX: Boston traded recently acquired Adam LaRoche to the Braves for former Seminole High star Casey Kotchman in a swap of first basemen. The Braves, who rank 23rd in the majors with 91 homers - including only six from Kotchman - hope LaRoche's power can boost the team in the NL wild-card race. TIGERS: After days of debate, the Mariners traded left-handed pitcher Jarrod Washburn to Detroit for two young pitchers, giving the Tigers another veteran for their rotation as they try to hold on to the AL Central lead. TWINS: In a rare move at the trade deadline, the Twins upgrading their middle infield by acquiring shortstop Orlando Cabrera from the Oakland Athletics for the stretch run in the crowded AL Central race.
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