Since being acquired by the Brewers on July 7 from the Indians for former No. 7 overall pick Matt LaPorta and three minor league players (Zach Jackson, Rob Bryson and Taylor Green), Sabathia has gone 4-0 with a 1.82 ERA and three complete games. The Brewers are on a five-game losing streak after a July 31st loss to the Cubs and remain 5.0 games behind Chicago in the NL Central.
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After eight years in Boston, Ramirez is taking his .299 average and 20 home runs to Los Angeles. He provides a big bat for Dodgers manager Joe Torre, who loved Ramirez from Torre's days managing the Yankees.
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On July 29, slugging first baseman Mark Teixeira was acquired by the Angels for first baseman Casey Kotchman and minor league relief pitcher Steve Marek. Just one day later, Teixeira went 0-4 in his Angels debut.
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Bay's statistics are comparable to Manny Ramirez's with the same number of home runs (20) and just four fewer RBIs (64), number that will likely improve in the Red Sox lineup. Bay may have to win over Manny's fans, but he is younger, an upgrade in the field and doesn't carry Manny's baggage.
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On July 8 (one day after the Brewers got Sabathia), the Cubs responded by acquiring pitchers Rich Harden and Chad Gaudin from the Oakland A's for pitcher Sean Gallagher, outfielder Matt Murton, infielder Eric Patterson and catcher Josh Donaldson. Harden is 0-1 with a 1.03 ERA and 30 strikeouts against just eight walks since the deal.<br><br><i>All stats through July 30.
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On July 17, Blanton was traded to the Phillies for pitcher Josh Outman, second baseman Adrian Cardenas and outfielder Matt Spencer. Despite Blanton having a 7.88 ERA in his two starts, the Phillies won both games and were in first place in the NL East as of July 30.
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On July 30, the Yankees acquired Rodriquez for right-hander reliever Kyle Farnsworth. The 36-year-old catcher will fill in for Jorge Posada, who had season-ending shoulder surgery, and should give the Yankees an offensive boost behind the plate while providing the stellar defense expected of a 13-time Gold Glove winner.
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Ken Griffey Jr.
With a crowded outfield and Jim Thome at DH, dealing for Griffey doesn't make a lot of sense for the White Sox given the 20-year veteran's .245 batting average this season, the worst of his career. The Reds will pay the outfielder's salary and get infielder Danny Richar and right-handed pitcher Nick Masset, while Griffey gets a chance at his first World Series.
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