The NL Central race has been close all summer long and the two teams trying to win the division title decided today they were going to make some deals and see if it would put them over the top.
Cincinnati swung a deal with the Kansas City Royals for closer Jonathan Broxton in exchange for two minor league pitchers. J.C. Sulbaran and Donnie Joesph were sent to the Royals to complete the deal for the 28 year old Broxton. He has 28 saves this season with K.C. and is going to strength the strongest bullpen in the National League.
To counter the moves made by the Reds, the second place Pirates made three deals on the final day of the non-waiver deadline. It started early this morning when the Bucs sent reliever Brad Lincoln to Toronto in exchange for Travis Snider. Snider a 24 year old outfielder has spent most of the season in triple-A for the Blue Jays but is already in the Pirates starting lineup tonight. That wasn’t the only deal the Pirates were able to swing. They also sent outfielder Gorsky Hernadez to the Miami Marlins along with a compensation draft pick for first baseman Gabby Sanchez. The first baseman hasn’t played in the majors much this season but will platoon at first base with Garrett Jones. Once the Pirates delt for Sanchez they turned around and sent Casey McGhee, who they acquired in the offseason for Jose Veres, to the Yankees for reliever Chad Quallis.
In other trade news the Indians picked up Lars Anderson from Boston for Double-A pitcher Steven Wright.