The Philadelphia Phillies traded outfielders Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants, cutting a combined $19.9 million from the last-place team’s annual payroll.
The Chicago Cubs sent pitcher Ryan Dempster to the Texas Rangers for two minor-league prospects as Major League Baseball’s trade deadline passed yesterday.
Philadelphia’s moves bolstered the rosters of the Giants and Dodgers, who hold the top two spots in the National League West, while signaling that the Phillies accept they won’t contend for a sixth straight NL East title. The Phillies started the season with a $174.5 million payroll, second in baseball to the New York Yankees’ $198 million, according to USA Today.
Victorino, 31, who helped the Phillies win a World Series in 2008, was traded to the Dodgers for relief pitcher Josh Lindblom, minor-league starter Ethan Martin and a player to be chosen later or cash, both teams said in news releases.
A two-time All-Star center fielder, Victorino is batting .261 this season with a .324 on-base percentage, nine home runs and 40 runs batted in. His 24 stolen bases are tied for ninth in the major leagues.
Having also played one year with the San Diego Padres, Victorino has a .277 batting average with 88 homers, 394 RBIs and 186 stolen bases in nine major-league seasons. He’s making $9.5 million this season, according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts.
“We’re excited to add an All-Star caliber player with postseason experience,” Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said in a statement. “He plays the game with passion, gives us a top-of-the-order bat from both sides of the plate, can steal bases and is solid defensively in the outfield.”
Lindblom, a 25-year-old right-hander, was 2-2 with a 3.02 earned run average in 48 appearances for the Dodgers this season, striking out 43 while walking 18. He is making $483,000 this season.
Martin, 23, was 8-6 with a 3.58 ERA for the Dodgers’ Double-A Chattanooga team this season, making 20 starts.
Pence, 29, a right fielder making $10.4 million this season, and “cash considerations” were sent to the Giants for outfielder Nate Schierholtz and two minor leaguers -- catcher Tommy Joseph, 21, and right-handed pitcher Seth Rosin, 23, the Phillies said in a news release.
After joining the Phillies from the Houston Astros at last year’s trade deadline, Pence is batting .271 with 17 home runs and 59 RBIs this season. The 29-year-old right fielder has had to provide much of the power in the Phillies’ lineup with Ryan Howard and Chase Utley missing the first half of the season because of injuries.
Pence played his first 4 1/2 seasons with the Astros. He’s a career .290 hitter with 131 homers and 471 RBIs.
Schierholtz, a 28-year-old right fielder, is hitting .257 with five homers and 17 RBIs this season. He is making $1.3 million.
San Francisco, which won the World Series in 2010, is 55-47 this season, while Los Angeles is 56-48.
Philadelphia, 45-57, is 16 1/2 games behind the Washington Nationals. The Phillies haven’t finished worse than third in the division since 2000.
Dempster, who threw 33 consecutive scoreless innings before the streak ended on July 20, was sent to the Rangers for minor-leaguers Kyle Hendricks, a pitcher, and Christian Villanueva, and infielder.
A two-time All-Star, the 35-year-old Dempster is 5-5 this season with a 2.25 earned run average in 16 starts, striking out 83 while walking 27.
The Boston Red Sox traded outfielder Scott Podsednik and pitcher Matt Albers to the Arizona Diamondbacks for left-handed pitcher Craig Breslow.
Breslow, 31, is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA in 40 relief appearances this season. Albers, a 29-year-old right-hander, had a 2-0 record and a 2.29 ERA in 40 appearances for Arizona this season. Podsednik, 36, played in 19 games for Boston this season, hitting .387 with a homer, three doubles and seven RBI. He also spent 48 games in the minor leagues.
The Cincinnati Reds acquired reliever Jonathan Broxton from the Kansas City Royals for minor-league pitchers Donnie Joseph and J.C. Sulbaran. Broxton was 1-2 with a 23 saves and a 2.27 ERA in 35 appearances this season.
The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired first baseman Gaby Sanchez and right-hander Kyle Kaminska from the Miami Marlins for outfielder Gorkys Hernandez and a draft pick. Miami also sent right-hander Edward Mujica to the St. Louis Cardinals for 23-year-old third baseman Zack Cox, who has spent the season at Triple-A Memphis.
Pittsburgh also sent infielder Casey McGehee to the Yankees for reliever Chad Qualls.
McGehee, 29, was hitting .230 with eight homers and 35 RBI in 92 games for Pittsburgh this season. Qualls went 2-1 with a 4.89 ERA in 43 appearances for the Yankees and Phillies.